As a result of the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Tim Hortons restaurants, including both locations at Brock University, are temporarily halting their acceptance of reusable cups.
While health officials haven’t recommended changing procedures and the risk for Canadians is low, Tim Hortons’ announcement follows the news of similar decisions made by Starbucks and The Second Cup Ltd. to prevent further spread of the illness.
A major focus of this year’s Roll Up the Rim, which returns March 11, was intended to be sustainable through the use of reusable mugs. However, Tim Hortons will now be delaying their planned distribution of 1.8 million reusable cups until further notice.
Despite these changes, guests who bring a reusable cup to Tim Hortons and purchase a hot beverage will still receive the three digital rolls for Roll Up the Rim but will get their drink in a standard recyclable paper cup.
General Brock, The Common Grounds and The Daily Grind on campus are currently still accepting reusable mugs. There are no signs in the Niagara region of the novel coronavirus. Updates on the coronavirus are available on the Brock website.