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Starbucks to limit seating, per social distancing rules


From top: Before and after tables and chairs are placed far apart at one of Starbucks’ stores, as part of the nationwide social distancing campaign. [YONHAP]

Starbucks Korea said Monday that it will limit seating at its outlets across the country, joining the nationwide social distancing campaign amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The coffee chain said tables and chairs will be placed between one and 1.5 meters (3.28 to 4.92 feet) apart to keep customers at a distance from one another.

Starbucks has already adopted a similar system at some of its outlets in Daegu and the surrounding province of North Gyeongsang, the epicenters of the Covid-19 outbreak here.

“Social distancing measures will be actively applied to outlet operations to pre-emptively prevent the spread of Covid-19,” said a company official who asked not to be named.

The country recorded fewer than 50 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, bringing the nation’s total infections to 10,284. It marked the lowest daily increase since late February.

Seeking to reduce the daily number of new infections, the government has extended strict guidelines on social distancing to April 19.

Emart, the country’s biggest discount store chain operated by Shinsegae Group, holds a 50 percent stake in Starbucks Korea, with the remaining portion controlled by its U.S. parent Starbucks.

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