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What to Do If: You're Eating on Campus

Lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission by following this guidance for eating on campus.

Important information

Overview

The CDC states that eating indoors while not physically distancing is one of the “highest risk” activities in relation to the spread of COVID-19. And while physical distancing is extremely important, indoor dining, even with physical distancing, is still considered to be “high risk” according to the CDC.

Based on this level of risk, the University has developed and implemented guidance regarding eating in communal dining areas within the University and has prohibited food and drink in all classrooms.

This page specifically addresses “other” areas within the University that the consumption of food could occur and provides recommendations to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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Lower Risk Dining

Eat Outside

  • Only remove your mask while eating and drinking.
  • If with a group – you must physically distance.
  • Do not share food, drink or utensils.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.

Eat Alone - Personal Office

  • If you have an office, it is highly recommended that you eat alone in this space.
  • Close your office door while you are eating.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.
  • Sanitize all surfaces before and after you eat with products provided by the University.

Eat Alone - Other Space

  • Find a location in which you can physically distance from others.
  • Only remove your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.
  • Sanitize all surfaces before and after you eat with products provided by the University.

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Higher Risk Dining

Indoor Dining - Conference Rooms

  • Conference rooms can be designated for eating by the “owner” of the conference room.
  • Conference rooms designated for eating should have good ventilation.
  • If physical barriers/dividers are not in place, individuals should distance a minimum of 8 feet from others while eating.
  • If providing lunch for a meeting, boxed lunches can be served. It is recommended that a break be given for lunch so attendees can disperse for the lunch break.
  • Only remove your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Do not share food, drink or utensils.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.
  • Sanitize all surfaces before and after you serve food with products provided by the University.

Indoor Dining - Shared Office

  • Do not eat in a shared office unless a minimum of 8 feet can be maintained between occupants.
  • If possible, install physical barriers/dividers between individual work areas/desks.
  • Only remove your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Do not share food, drink or utensils.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after eating.
  • Sanitize all surfaces before and after you eat with products provided by the University.

Indoor Eating - Dining Halls

  • Those eating in the dining halls will notice table dividers separating diners from each other. This allows for guests to dine safely and be protected if they choose to eat in the dining hall. There is directional flow signage at all dining locations to reduce crowding.
  • The Dining Services Clean Team, wearing bright yellow shirts, is responsible for continuous cleaning and sanitation of customer dining areas, counters and machines, as well as the kitchen and serving areas.
  • All WVU Dining Services employees wear face masks at all times. Dining Services employees also receive temperature checks at the beginning of each shift to ensure they do not have a fever.
  • While dining halls remain all-you-care-to-eat, the food is served by employees rather than self-serve. This is designed to reduce the high-touch point of public serving utensils.
  • To-go containers are available. If you would like to stay and eat at a dining hall, you will receive disposable plates, cups and silverware. Guests should use a new plate and new cup each time they go up to a station or beverage machine.
  • Dining Services has several items packaged for grab-and-go in our dining halls, such as prepared salads and desserts and on-trend and comfort-focused options.
  • Public-use items (e.g., toasters and microwaves) are available for use. However, these items have been moved behind the lines and operated for our guests by employees.
  • Made-to-order items are available to order in advance.

Kitchenettes

  • Shared common kitchens may be used for food preparation, but not for food consumption.
  • Face coverings must be worn during all food preparation (retrieving items from fridges, microwaving, making coffee, etc.), Wash hands before and after any common equipment use.
  • Kitchen users should keep their own utensils and dishware.
  • High-touch surfaces should be wiped down by each user (doorknobs, buttons, touchscreens, coffee pot handles, faucets, etc.) after use.
  • Departments must ensure that adequate cleaning supplies are on hand in these common areas.

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