Are there food safety guidelines for gatherings and events? 

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.