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A customer enters a Starbucks cafe in Montreal on June 10, 2020.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Starbucks Canada says it will start requiring customers to wear facial coverings while in its cafes in mid-September.

The company says the rule will come into effect at all of its company-owned cafes in Canada on Sept. 14.

Starbucks says the policy is aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Customers who arrive at a Starbucks without a mask will have the option to use the drive-thru, order curbside pickup using the company’s app or seek delivery.

Starbucks previously started asking all of its employees to complete a pre-check before their shift that included taking their temperature, putting on a mask and washing their hands.

The company also upped its store cleanings to ensure surfaces that are touched often are sanitized frequently.

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