Starbucks revives reusable cup use after pandemic pause


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Starbucks on Tuesday announced that customers can start using reusable cups at company-owned cafes again on June 22, after pausing the program due to Covid-19.

It’s the latest signal from restaurants and retailers that business is returning to normal in the U.S. as states relax restrictions. Last month, Starbucks and many other businesses stopped requiring fully vaccinated customers to wear masks in stores. Costco is starting to bring back in-store samples, while Target has reopened its fitting rooms.

To fill a customer’s personal cup, a Starbucks barista will first check that the cup is clean and place it in a ceramic vessel. The beverage will be…


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