Starbucks Mask Requirements JUST Changed at All of Its US Locations

Starbucks mask rules are changing across the country—here's what we know right now.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been plenty of changes. Remember when we were all figuring out how to make homemade face masks and learning the best way to disinfect our masks? Well, now that the rate of those who have been fully vaccinated is climbing, Starbucks mask requirements have changed.

On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in most situations, including outdoor and many indoor locations. And as we all work to get back to “the new normal,” Starbucks is one of the brands that has changed its masking guidelines.

Previously, masks were mandatory for all customers at Starbucks locations. But now, if you’re fully vaccinated and want to head inside to grab your Frappuccino, you won’t need a face covering.

What Is the Official Mask Rule at Starbucks?

To be fully vaccinated means that a person has waited two weeks after receiving their final dose of the two-part sequence of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or it has been two weeks since their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Once fully vaccinated, masks are optional for Starbucks customers. “It is our responsibility to protect our partners and customers, and we are committed to meeting or exceeding all public health mandates. As such, facial coverings will be optional for vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, unless local regulations require them by law,” Starbucks says in a statement.

Keep in mind that state or local regulations may affect the masking requirements at your Starbucks, though.

What If I’m Not Fully Vaccinated?

People have only received their first dose of a two-part vaccine, or haven’t waited two weeks after their second dose, are not considered fully vaccinated. You should still wear a mask when visiting a Starbucks.

If you’re not fully vaccinated and forgot your mask at home, you have options. You won’t be able to go in without a mask, but can still go through the drive-thru or place an order for curbside pickup on the Starbucks app. Of course, it still might be easier to have your favorite Starbucks order delivered right to your door.

Where Else Do I Not Need a Mask?

Starbucks isn’t the only major retailer changing its masking requirements. Walmart, Costco, Target and Trader Joe’s have dropped their mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers. However, you may still need to wear a mask depending on state or local regulations.

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Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.