Starbucks Is Temporarily Switching to ‘To Go’ Orders Only—Here’s How to Order

Starbucks is combating outbreaks by making all their orders to go.

We’re all thankful for Starbucks on mornings we need a caffeine pick-me-up. But in light of recent events, it’s harder to get your fill of the spring menu, which rolled out only a few weeks ago. Starbucks, like other restaurants, is doing its all to protect customers and employees amidst the outbreaks.

Starbucks has made the bold choice to switch to to go and carry-out orders only. But don’t worry—that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix.

What’s Changing at Starbucks

According to the latest Starbucks blog post, indoor and outdoor seating areas will be closed for the time being. The coffee chain is embracing a ‘to go’ model which began on March 16. You can still step up to the register and order your drink for carry-out, or you can use the drive-thru, order ahead of time with the app or order for delivery. Starbucks is also expanding to grab-and-go (picking up at the counter) and entryway pick-up at some locations on May 4, so you can go totally contactless.

Starbucks is also modifying its condiment bars and hand-off areas on a store-by-store basis, so things might look different in each cafe. If you’re a Starbucks Rewards member, we’re happy to announce expirations on rewards points will be delayed. You have until June 1, 2020, to get your all out of the app.

When you’re ordering Starbucks to-go, make sure you pick up a limited-time Lemon Cake Pop!

Some Locations Are Reopening

Even though precautions are being taken, Starbucks has opted to reopen some stores in high traffic areas. Closures that hit locations in the US and Canada have a tentative open date of June, primarily those in malls or on university campuses. If you’re not sure whether your local Starbucks is still open, you can always check the store locator on their website. Hospital locations have stayed open to serve first responders.

If you do visit a Starbucks location, it’s best to leave your new spring tumbler at home. Right now, Starbucks is only using disposable cups to avoid any contamination. You can also order Starbucks delivery with Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.