A Starbucks in the capital city of Riyadh which temporarily denied entry to women after religious police found that their gender separation wall had been compromised, has opened its doors to women again. Last week, a sign posted on the store’s window saying “PLEASE NO ENTRY FOR LADIES ONLY SEND YOUR DRIVER TO ORDER THANK YOU,” went viral on social media, with people criticizing Starbucks for supporting gender segregation. Starbucks issued a statement saying they were “adhering to local customs” by offering separate entrances and, according to local law, were only offering access to men while the gender wall was being constructed. On Monday, they offered an update, saying “we are pleased to share that the store is now accessible to single men on one side as well as women and families on the other side. Starbucks has now 78 stores in Saudi Arabia and all stores cater to both families and singles, except for one that is exclusively reserved for women and families.”
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