Starbucks Closes All Shops in PH, Tim Horton's Reopens for Frontliners
Nowadays, it seems you always have to be watching your phone for updates on everything. One minute, you need a quarantine pass, the next minute, you don't; one minute you're on community quarantine, the next you're on enhanced community quarantine.
Last week, March 17, Starbucks Philippines announced it was pausing operations of all its Luzon outlets for the safety and well-being of employees and customers alike. Just a couple of hours ago, the coffee giant declared it was temporarily shutting down its nationwide operations.
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf already made the same pronouncement much earlier. CBTL closed its Luzon business on March 17 and the rest of its outlets in the country on March 18. Prior to its temporary shutdown, the LA-based coffee company offered free brewed coffee to medical frontliners.
Tim Horton's is taking a different route. It's keeping its branches for the frontliners who need a caffeine fix so they can keep on going. After closing shop on March 17, it announced today, March 23, that it is reopening three branches (Eastwood, I-Care, and Venice Piazza) for takeout and delivery. Note, however, that orders past 4 p.m. will not be entertained.
According to Tim Horton's Facebook page, coffee purchased will help frontliners. Tim Horton's will be donating food and other items to medical staff.
If you're going out during the quarantine, whether it's an emergency grocery run or a quick coffee fix, exercise precaution: Practice social distancing, wash your hands, and run back home as soon as you can.