Dining services will introduce new procedures, reimagined serving stations and additional to-go options.
The Coblentz Dining Hall and the Blazer will be open and will observe physical distancing guidelines, decrease capacity, reimagine serving stations, remove self-service items and increase to-go options. Tables and chairs will be removed or shifted to ensure for social distancing recommendations. Additional outdoor seating and tents have been installed outside of Whitaker and Coblentz.
Faculty and staff are requested not to eat in the Dining Hall or pick up food from the Blazer between noon and 1 p.m. to reduce congestion and facilitate social distancing for our students. Faculty and staff may pre-order box meals available for pick up in the lower level of Coblentz Hall.
All food stations and beverages will be served by the dining team and patrons will be able to choose to eat in or take out. The food stations will continue to offer allergen-free options, comfort foods, pizza, vegan and vegetarian options, grilled items and dessert. Additionally, there will be a Grab & Go station with prepackaged items and an option to pre-order boxed meals and pick up in the Coblentz lower level.
All selections will be served in disposable to-go containers and directional and floor signage will be in place. All food stations in the Blazer will utilize a ticket number system, and the meal exchange program will be adjusted to allow for quicker service.
Health & Safety Protocols
All dining staff will be wearing masks and patrons will be expected to wear masks until they get to their seat to dine; they will be required to put them back on as they exit the facility.
All dining employees are being trained on new protocols that will include wearing and rotating gloves and masks, temperature monitoring, more frequent hand washing and social distancing, even behind service counters. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned at a minimum of every 20 minutes. Cashiers will wear gloves and change them after each cash transaction; we are encouraging patrons to go cashless, whenever possible.
The number of required deliveries will be reduced. Drivers will be met at the dock and you through a temperature and health screening before being allowed to complete the delivery.