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

Thanksgiving Break 

We are so excited to be with students staying on campus over Thanksgiving Break. We have updated our Thanksgiving Break hours to serve you better!

Quarantine Meal Delivery: Students in quarantine over Thanksgiving break will still receive meal delivery. Extra meals will be delivered on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving day, including a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The normal meal delivery schedule will resume on Friday, November 27. 

Orange Risk Level Updates

11/16/2020

Due to the updated orange risk level released by Governor Burgum on 10/14/2020 and Governor Burgum's executive order on 11/13/2020, NDSU Dining will implement the following changes, while still providing delicious food and exceptional service to our students, staff, faculty and campus guests. Under the orange risk level, each Dining Center has reduced capacity for students dining-in.

All NDSU Dining Centers: RDC, UDC, WDC
The following will be effective at the start of dinner on Friday, October 16, 2020:

  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 The 30-minute wait time between to-go and dine-in is no longer in effect.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 or on the digital signage outside of each dining center.   
    • If one Dining Center is at capacity, please consider utilizing one of the other dining center to dine-in.
  5. Beverages and condiments will be served by Dining team members.
  6. As always, please do not move tables or chairs within the dining center, as they are intentionally spaced for social distancing guidelines. 

Late Night Meals - West Dining Center: Starting Monday 11/16/2020, West Dining Center will be to-go only from 10-11pm. 

Union Dining Center:
In addition to the changes above, the following will be effective in the UDC on Monday, October 19, 2020:

Monday – Thursday: 

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:30am 
  • Lunch: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • [NEW Hours and To-Go ONLY] Dinner: 3pm-6pm
    With the new to-go only dinner at the UDC, please feel free to grab your food to-go and dine in the food court! 

Friday:

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:30am
  • Lunch: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • [NEW: 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

Our updated 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, [NEW] including condiments and beverage stations.
  • 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.
  • NEW: 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.
  • 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.
    • NEW: Students with an unlimited dining plan will receive seven to-go meals per day, plus unlimited dine-in access.
      •  NEW: Seven To-Go Meals: 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Supper, 1 Late Night
    • NEW: 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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