The Santa Monica Starbucks on the corner of Wilshire and 26th Street opens at 4 a.m., and normally has plenty of customers by 5 a.m. But not since Sunday.
I entered on Sunday, March 15th, shortly after 5 a.m., and saw that all the seats and tables had been stacked against a wall. It's "take-out orders only" for the immediate future. The reason, obviously, is the COVID-19 Coronavirus. "Take out orders only" is Starbucks way of encouraging "social distancing" to stem the spread of the virus.
These photos were taken March 15, at 5:18 a.m.:
And it isn't just that Sunday is a slow morning. The following three mornings -- Monday through Wednesday -- there were even fewer customers. Instead of three customers, it was only me.
I expect that many people aren't coming in for "take out orders" because sitting for a spell was always part of the pleasure of going to a Starbucks. It's why you paid such high prices for a cup of coffee. The ambiance.
The bathroom is also closed to the public.