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Starbucks Closes All Shops In The Philippines; Tim Hortons Reopens

It takes effect today.
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Nowadays, it seems that you always have to be watching your phone for updates on everything. One minute, you need a quarantine pass, the next minute, you don't; one minute you're on community quarantine, the next you're on enhanced community quarantine

Last week, March 17, Starbucks Philippines announced that it was pausing operations of all its Luzon outlets for the safety and well-being of employees and customers alike. Just a few hours ago, the coffee giant declared that it was temporarily shutting down its nationwide operations. 

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf already made the same pronouncement much earlier. CBTL closed its Luzon business on March 17 and the rest of its outlets in the country on March 18. Prior to its temporary shutdown, the LA-based coffee company offered free brewed coffee to medical frontliners

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Tim Hortons, on the other hand, is taking a different route. After closing shop on March 17, it announced today, March 23, that it was reopening three branches (Eastwood, I-Care, and Venice Piazza) for take-out and delivery. Note, however, that orders past 4 p.m. will not be entertained. 

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According to Tim Hortons Facebook page, coffee purchased will help frontliners.

If you're going out during the quarantine, whether it's an emergency grocery run or a quick coffee fix, exercise precaution: Practice social distancing, wash your hands, and run back home as soon as you can.