(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp. will require its U.S. workers to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 or undergo weekly tests to comply with new federal mandates, the company said in an update sent to employees on Monday.
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set a new date February 9 for large employers to require either full vaccination or weekly testing as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the United States.
The explosion of new cases has put workers across the country aside, delaying the start of some schools , closed some restaurants and caused major disruption to airlines.
A business source told Reuters that Starbucks does not currently see extensive closures of its cafes as a result of omicron ̵
If workers choose not to do so. to be vaccinated, they can instead be tested weekly and are responsible for obtaining their own OSHA-approved tests and submitting results.
Starbucks experienced outages in some products – like many other restaurant chains – last year in the midst of a supply chain crisis ignited by the pandemic.