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Starbucks Korea limits seating in social distancing campaign against Coronavirus

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Starbucks Korea has put more distance between tables and chairs in its stores in South Korea to maintain social distancing in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 (credits: Starbucks Korea)

SEOUL, South Korea – Starbucks Korea has put more distance between tables and chairs at its outlets across the country, joining a nationwide social distancing campaign amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The coffee chain said tables and chairs will be placed between one and 1 1/2 meters apart to keep customers at a distance from one another.

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

“Social distancing measures will be actively applied to outlet operations to preemptively 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 novel 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.