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Dining

Vol Dining will be open for the fall semester with protective measures in place to make the experience convenient, enjoyable, and safe.

Updated: July 17, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Signage, floor markers, and physical barriers will be used to maintain social distancing.
  • Seating for in-person dining will be available but limited to ensure social distancing.
  • Additional outdoor seating is being explored.
  • For restaurants and cafes on campus, students and employees can use the GET Food app to order food in advance and pick up their meal.

Vol Dining will be open for the fall semester with protective measures in place to make the experience convenient, enjoyable, and safe.

Dining Dollars and Flex Plan will start and be available to use on August 7. Meal plan starts August 12.

Physical changes

  • Signage, floor markers, and physical barriers will be used to maintain social distancing. Customers are asked to please follow all signage.
  • Seating for in-person dining will be available but limited to ensure physical distance. Additional outdoor seating is being explored.
  • For dining halls, times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be divided into 45-minute slots, and use of a reservation system is being explored. Details will be announced once plans are finalized.
  • POD Markets will be open with physical barriers in place, social distancing markers, and mandatory use of masks.

Mobile ordering

For restaurants and cafes on campus, students and employees can use the GET Food app to order food in advance and pick up their meal. Details on how to use the app will be available soon.

Advance ordering will be convenient for students and employees and help limit traffic flow in dining areas. Areas will be designated for pickups.

Additional protective measures

  • Chairs, tables, and other high-touch points will continually be sanitized throughout the day with a thorough daily cleaning at closing time. There will be pauses each hour to clean and sanitize location stations.
  • Dining locations will be cashless to eliminate additional points of contact.
  • Self-service stations such as salad bars and pizza bars will be converted and staffed by an attendant.
  • Condiments will be available in individual packages.
  • Dining employees will undergo specialized training, have daily health self-checks and temperature checks, and wear masks and gloves.

Catering

Catering events will follow guidelines established by the campus regarding size of the event, location, and social distancing. Buffets are prohibited. Food will either be served by attendants in service lines or plated and brought to attendees at their table.

View guidelines for off-campus caterers.

Learn more about hosting campus events and visitors.

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