Starbucks, Second Cup halt use of reusable cups to prevent spread of COVID-19

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Two major coffee chains have stopped serving coffee in reusable cups brought by customers amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Starbucks and The Second Cup Ltd. say they are temporarily halting the environmentally friendly measure, but will continue to honour associated discounts. “First and foremost, the health and well-being of our partners and customers remains top of mind and our highest priority, and we will continue to act thoughtfully and courageously despite the disruption and uncertainty COVID-19 brings to our daily lives,” wrote Rossann Williams, Starbucks executive vice-president and president of U.S. company-operated business and Canada, in an open letter published on the company’s website Wednesday.