Masks Are So Hard To Get


Bloomberg.com April 8, 2020

Masks are so hard to get that Starbucks Corp. is advising its baristas to make their own, at least for now.

Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza Inc., McDonald’s Corp., and Subway Restaurants are trying to get as many as possible to keep stores up and running after the U.S. government issued updated guidance to wear face coverings when in public to slow the coronavirus pandemic

 

Masks are so hard to get that Starbucks Corp. is advising its baristas to make their own, at least for now.

Restaurants in the U.S. are rushing to buy masks for in-store workers. But they’re not easy to come by. Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza Inc., McDonald’s Corp. and Subway Restaurants are trying to get as many as possible to keep stores up and running after the U.S. government issued updated guidance to wear face coverings when in public to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

“I wish we could have gotten them sooner,” said Domino’s franchisee Rob Scheiper, co-owner of MAR Pizza Inc., which has dozens of locations in South Carolina, Chicago and Los Angeles. He said it’s important to protect workers and recently bought his own some bandannas and black washable masks.

“You should see the drivers wearing masks or bandannas or washable masks,” he said. “I think that’s going to make people feel better, and hopefully feel safer.”

Domino’s made non-medical grade masks and gloves available for restaurants to buy at cost starting this week, with priority going to places where the virus is more acute, said spokeswoman Jenny Fouracre. “Securing certain supplies such has been difficult,” she said.

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