In light of the recent international breakout of the Coronavirus, everyone needs to spread awareness regarding Coronavirus precautions and the impact of COVID-19 on coffee shops everywhere.
Also known as COVID-19, the epidemic broke out from Wuhan, China. It is a large family of viruses that can cause common cold to more acute illnesses targeting the respiratory system, in particular leading to many complications and death.
1-COVID-19 Impact On Coffee Shops In Italy
The virus spreads from person to person, and coffee shops are a place of gathering and hang out. Let’s face it, Italy’s out of control outbreak of the virus is widely due to the government and people not taking the matter seriously.
Coffee shops, movie theaters, restaurants, and many more were all crowded even after many international warnings, including the World Health Organization.
Now all the coffee shops in Italy are on lockdown. The streets are empty!
The Italian coffee beans and coffee machines giant Lavazza announced a donation of $11 million, out of which $6.6 million to support the community’s fight against the Coronavirus in the region of piedmont.
The rest will fund initiatives supporting schools, healthcare, and unsupported populations.
In a statement by Lavazza, the donation is a symbol of solidarity and commitment to the Italian society in times of crisis.
2- COVID-19 Impact on Coffee Shops in The USA
Starbucks, one of the biggest coffee shop chain in the US and worldwide, switched to the “Grab & Go” strategy as per the New York Times.
The chain removed all seating chairs and tables from all its stores to promote social distancing.
Starbucks employees are politely requesting their clients to leave the shop as soon as their request is served. NO WIFI, NO LINGERING in the store.
The company released an official statement apologizing from clients in The US and Canada for the recent policy change.
After all, the “Third Place” concept can not happen in these circumstances.
On another note, the Chicago Tribune stated that the world’s largest Starbucks store in Chicago would shut down indefinitely. Other stores are following suit.
In Washington DC, Hometown roaster Compass Coffee laid off 80 percent of its 189 staff according to an announcement from the co-founders Harrison Suarez and Micheal Haft.
They stated the decision is the least damaging among many bad choices because employees can apply for lay-off benefits. Also, all stores in DC were shut down.
3- COVID-19 Impact on Coffee Shops in The UK
Costa Coffee UK issued a message on Coronavirus. The company is taking the situation very seriously and is following the Government, Public Health England, and World Health Organization recommendations.
The BBC stated that a coffee chain owner decided to shut down all the stores even though the government did not advise to do so unlike all other EU countries.
4- Coronavirus Precautions (COVID-19)
All of us can help reduce the spread of the virus and protect ourselves, those we love, and everyone else. The World Health Organization precautions recommendations are:
- Wash your hands frequently: thoroughly washing with an alcohol-based sanitizer kills viruses on your hands.
- Maintain social distancing: keep at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between you and someone coughing or sneezing. This way, you will avoid droplets containing the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has it.
- Avoid touching, eyes, nose, and mouth: You touch many surfaces throughout the day and can pick up viruses. If you touch your eyes, mouth, or nose, you can quickly get infected.
- Practice respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue instantly. This is to prevent droplets from spreading viruses like flu or COVID-19.
- If you have a fever, difficulty breathing, or cough, SEEK MEDICAL CARE IMMEDIATELY. Stay home and call local authorities in your area and follow instructions accordingly.
Pray For The World!
It is everyone’s responsibility to fight the virus; you must take the utmost precautions to keep yourself, your family, and everyone else safe.
Follow the world health organization and your local authorities’ recommendations to the letter.
Avoiding human contact is critical; the virus can not spread if we refrain from social gatherings. Let’s all stay home and stay safe until researches develop a vaccine or a cure for the Coronavirus.
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, or whatever your belief system lets us all pray for the world together in unity.
The glass is always half full; the outbreak is our chance to get to know each other more as families.
Read a book, start a blog, study online, make use of your time home, all while having a nice warm cup of coffee!
Stay Safe, Stay Home!
Please drop a comment below with your experiences and what precautions you are taking so far.