USD — following the Center for Disease Control recommendations in regards to COVID-19 — has closed all on-campus restaurants besides University Brew, the convenience stores — Beede Pump and the Coyote Village POD — and residential dining.
The Aramark locations remaining open on campus have limited hours and reduced workers present.
In an email interview with The Volante, Adam Chicoine, Aramark representative, said they’re monitoring the ever-changing situation to ensure the services still open are meeting all recommendations of the CDC.
“The safety and well-being of everyone we serve is always our top priority, and we are taking the necessary steps to stay informed and engaged with the (CDC’s) recommendations,” Chicoine said.
Residential dining has increased cleaning procedures to ensure safety, Chicoine said. This includes cleaning high traffic areas every 30 minutes and the removal of any items that could cross-contaminate — shared condiments, reusable cups and mugs.
Chicoine said they’re now offering a take-out option as well.
“As a precaution, a proactive plan for alternate services to our guests has been put in place,” Chicoine said. This is a preventative means of reducing the spread of all pathogens, including influenza and COVID-19.”
The convenience stores are staying open as of right now, Chicoine said. Having these open allows for customers to not only purchase food but also household items.
Closing restaurants, Chicoine said, allows them to limit the employees on campus to only essential personnel.
“Restaurant closures allow us to keep only essential personnel on campus per USD and to keep our employees and the community safe through social distancing during this ever-changing situation,” Chicoine said. “We are following CDC recommendations in all of our locations.”
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