Covid-19 Preparedness in Dining

NDSU Dining is diligently monitoring reports from the ND Department of Public Health and the CDC for updates or changes in recommended guidelines. We have been, and will continue to be, proactive in our approach to keep our facilities clean, sanitized and disinfected. #ProtectTheHerd

Procedural Updates

5/11/2021

Starting June 1, all dining units will return to full capacity. 

4/23/2021

Starting Saturday, May 1, all beverages and condiments will be self-serve! With this change, to-go cups will be at the cashier stand and need to be requested with your to-go boxes. As always, these areas will be cleaned frequently by Dining Team members, and sanitizing wipes will be available for use. 

1/29/2021

Due to the lowered green risk level released by Governor Burgum, NDSU Dining will implement the following changes, while still providing delicious food and exceptional service to our students, staff, faculty and campus guests. The two biggest changes for Dining under the green risk level, include:

  1. Capacity has been increased to 85% for dine-in: 175 guests at the UDC; 300 at the WDC and RDC.
  2. Table maximums have been removed. 

All NDSU Dining Centers: RDC, UDC, WDC

  1. Students with an unlimited dining plan will receive seven to-go meals per day, plus unlimited dine-in access.
    • Seven To-Go Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Supper, 1 Late Night
  2. The 30-minute wait time between to-go and dine-in is no longer in effect. Students with any meal plan may eat in, then take a meal to-go immediately after.
  3. All students are asked to limit their dine-in experience to 30 minutes.
  4. Once capacity is reached within a Dining Center, meals will be to-go only. 
    • Dining Center capacity can be viewed on the NDSU Dining app, on the digital signage outside of each dining center, or on our website.   
    • If one Dining Center is at capacity, please consider utilizing one of the other dining center to dine-in.
  5. Late Night at West Dining Center will allow takeout and dine-in through 11pm.
  6. As always, please do not move tables or chairs within the dining center, as they are intentionally spaced for social distancing guidelines. 

Union Dining Center:
With the change from orange to yellow risk level, there were no changes at the UDC. The following will continue to be in effect on 1/11/2021: 

Monday – Thursday: 

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:30am 
  • Lunch: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Dinner: 3pm-6pm
     Feel free to grab your food to-go and dine in the food court! 

Friday:

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:30am
  • Lunch: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Closed for Dinner

Food Court: 
No changes to hours or operations. Tables will be marked to adhere to the reduced occupancy guidelines.

Quarantine and Isolation Meals 

In the case of becoming symptomatic, exposure to someone who tests positive, or having a positive test, the following guidelines and processes have been developed.

NDSU Dining's dietitians and culinary team are committed to providing students in quarantine or isolation with a balanced, healthy diet. Learn more about NDSU Dining's Quarantine and Isolation Meals. 

 Quarantine/Isolation Meals Quarantine/Isolation FAQs

Dining Centers

This year we have altered our Dining Center practices. Learn what you can expect from us, what we ask of you, and view step-by-steps directions and videos that detail our updated Dining Center Process.

Dining Center Process

Safety measures are listed below:

  • Scheduled breaks for thorough cleaning and disinfecting before, between, and after meal periods.
    • Use of EPA approved chemicals that are effective against viruses.
    • Cleaning breaks do not overlap; guest always will have a dining center open for service.
  • Strict sanitation measures to keep customers from coming in contact with self-serve items. Self-service areas will be removed or closed. Beginning 5/1/2021, condiments and beverages will be self-serve.
  • All staff are required to wear a face covering and will serve food behind plexiglass.
  • All guests are required to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking, including in line at the entrance, while selecting food and drinks, bringing dishes to the dish return, and hanging out at your table after you're finished eating.
  • Increased hand-sanitation stations throughout serving areas, in addition to disinfecting wipes able for use.
  • Monitor guest counts to meet University and NDDoH guidelines. Once capacity is reached, meals will be to-go only. Current capacity will be visible to guests via digital signage and the NDSU Dining app. 
    • Limiting guest visitation to 30 minutes during peak times.
  • Removed finger scanners and implemented contact free proxy entrance through NDSU ID cards and GET app.
  • Outside food and drinks are not allowed in the dining centers. 
  • Implemented directional signage with specific one-way walkways that help maintain social distancing
  • To-Go: All three dining centers will offer guests the ability to take food to-go.
    • Students with an unlimited dining plan will receive seven to-go meals per day, plus unlimited dine-in access.
      • Seven To-Go Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Supper, 1 Late Night
    • The 30-minute wait time between to-go and dine-in is no longer in effect. Students with any meal plan may eat in, then take a meal to-go immediately after. 
  • Tables will be marked with max capacity; with a reminder for guests to not move tables and chairs. 

Food Court and Coffee Shops

  • Green/red color-coded cards indicate if the table is clean, disinfected and ready for use. 
  • Following recommended guidelines of 6' social distancing in our approved seating areas.
  • Increased hand-sanitation stations throughout serving areas, in addition to making disinfecting wipes able for use.
  • Contact-free payment accepted including: Apple Pay, Google Pay, Campus Cash and Block Plans with an NDSU ID. 
  • All staff are required to wear a face covering and will serve food behind plexiglass. 
  • All guests are required to wear face coverings, unless you are actively eating/drinking. This includes standing in line, returning dishes and hanging out at your table after you’re finished eating. 

NDSU Dining Team Members

  • All Dining staff will be re-trained and reminded frequently on all sanitation/food safety practices and monitoring of health/well being.
  • All Dining staff will follow HR recommendations regarding their wellness and monitoring any symptoms that would require them to stay home from work.
  • All staff are required to take daily temperature checks before coming to work. 

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