Dining

Last Updated: 4/8/2021

Temporary Pause for Seated Dining in the Commons

In-person dining at the Commons and all retail locations will continue to be paused through the weekend and is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 12, beginning with breakfast, unless students are notified otherwise.

Outdoor Dining Tent is Back!

The tent is fully operational! Campus members will be able to bring takeout under the tent on the Commons quad, as well as use it for student events, activities, and admissions events. Please note that the tent has been reserved most weekends for University events including structured campus visits for prospective students.

To accommodate our residential meal plan students while reducing density, we have the following plan for the Bristol campus in place: 

  • Residential dining areas on the main campus will place emphasis on “take-out” service. 
  • Dining is currently investigating crowd mitigation approaches including assigning living areas to one of the three residential dining areas on a rotating schedule and/or ticketed reservation through an app with a bar code.
  • All residential and retail settings provide contactless meal plan validation or purchase payment as standard operating procedure at points of sale/entrance.
  • Upper Commons and Baypoint Dining residential facilities transitioned from self-service to mainly line service provided by dining employees. Additional plexiglass shields are installed throughout.
  • Baypoint seating expanded into adjacent common areas and spaced out to provide social distancing.
  • Lower Commons on the main campus converts to residential mobile app pre-order and pick- up service for lunch and dinner and then converts back to retail purchases after 8:30 in the evening.
  • Employees may use the mobile-takeout service from Lower Commons or the Bistro/Law School Cafe in the School of Law; employees may bring food back to their offices. 

Our Dining Reopening plan includes extensive employee training with a focus on personal health screening, workplace safety, facility management and cleaning procedures, mask and glove wearing, and COVID-19 operating appropriate production and handling standards. Regular scheduled temperature checks of employees by managers during shifts and frequent COVID-19 testing will be integral to our virus mitigation planning.

Each residential and retail facility has clear directional flow plans and signage to minimize contacts.


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