A Cafe in Sydney has placed a temporary ban on reusable coffee cups typically brought into store by customers due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Bonnie Coffee, located on Margaret Street in Sydney’s CBD has said that customer owned keep cups are currently banned in an attempt to minimise the risk of the virus, according to Pedestrian TV.
According to a statement posted on the cafe’s door, the “extra precautions” are in place to keep both staff and customers safe.
“In response to ongoing concern around the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Bonnie Cofee is taking some extra precautions to ensure both customers and staff members are safe from potential infection,” the statement read.
“For the coming weeks we will suspend the use of customer-owned reusable cups to prevent foreign objects from being introduced to the beverage space.”
Bonnie Coffee also said that they have introduced a disinfection station for customers and staff to use.
“Customers will find alcohol sanitiser available for their use at various locations around the store,” the statement continued.
“Staff members will be increasing sanitation efforts across the cafe as an added safety measure, particularly in food and beverage preparation.”
The ban comes after Starbucks stores in the US, UK And Canada also introduced a reusable cup ban.
Reusable cups are brought in by customers in an attempt to limit waste from single-use takeaway coffee cups, but across to hygiene experts, our health should be taking “greater priority” during the coronavirus outbreak.
“Speaking with the BBC, Professor Sally Bloomfield from London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that handing over reusable cups could share the same amount of germs as when shaking someone’s hand.
“We don’t know how serious [the vrius] is, we are in a completely unknown phase of this, and I think in terms of preventing the spread, for the next three or four weeks then it should take a greater priority than an environmental concerns,” she said to BBC.
“Handing someone a reusable cup is just the same as shaking hands with somebody. If there’s anything we can do at the moment to slow down the spread, we should be doing it.”
It’s not known whether other cafes in Australia will follow suit as more people continue to be diagnosed with coronavirus.
According to AAP, about 75 Australians have tested positive to the virus with this number expected to climb.