Masking is required while inside University buildings and classrooms, regardless of vaccination status, by all individuals, including guests and speakers. For large events and press conferences, however, if the speaker is on a stage, at a podium or otherwise physically distanced from the audience, the speaker may remove their mask while delivering their remarks; however, the speaker must mask to and from the stage, podium or microphone. Groups of two or more speakers may follow the same protocols as individual speakers as long as they are positioned at least six feet apart from each other. If the event takes place outdoors, speakers may be unmasked, as masking outdoors is not required at this time.

During gatherings and events, the goal is to minimize groups of unmasked people before, during and after eating indoors. Rely upon your campus food service provider to help you navigate all your food safety needs.

Key approaches for such gatherings:

— Wear a mask except when you are actively eating or drinking. Masks help protect both you and those around you.

— Shift to outdoors whenever possible for the program and/or dining.

— Limit alcohol consumption. Consuming alcohol may make you less likely to follow COVID-19 safety measures.

— Follow basic personal hygiene and food safety practices.

If indoors:

— Plan for speed of service and limit queuing and contact by providing pre-packaged or served meals.

— Display appropriate signage about masking, as well as message in advance that masking is required when not actively eating or drinking.

— Limit the period of unmasked contact, as well as the amount of time and the number of individuals you are in contact with.

— Plan and limit capacity based upon a determined capacity.

— Use disposables and trash receptacles to allow attendees to quickly and easily depart.

Review the University’s “In-person Meetings, Events and Gatherings” guidance for additional planning and approval information. See additional CDC guidance on eating and large gatherings.

The following provides guidance for employees on eating in the workplace, including in break areas:

Basic guidelines:

— Wear a mask except when you are actively eating or drinking. Masks help protect both you and those around you.

— Limit the period of unmasked contact, as well as the amount of time and the number of other individuals you are in contact with.

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated there is no evidence that handling or eating food spreads COVID-19, but it is always important to follow good personal hygiene and basic food safety practices.

Eating in the workplace and break areas:

— To limit unmasked occasions while actively eating or drinking, we recommend that you eat at your desk, outdoors or designated break areas.

— Minimize extended periods of contact with multiple employees eating within the same space or limited seating capacity in break areas by staggering mealtimes.

— Further, practice good personal hygiene by washing your hands before and after eating, as well as cleaning and sanitizing your food preparation surfaces and high-touch areas before and after.

Review the University’s “Working on Campus” guidance and Human Resources “Back to State” guidance for additional information. See additional CDC guidance on eating and small gatherings.

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