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What about the dining commons? How will students get their meals? How can you prevent the spread in the dining commons?

It is Penn State’s goal to make on-campus dining as comfortable and convenient as possible while maintaining the safety of our students and visitors.

Here are the steps we’re taking to meet those goals:

a. Capacity in campus dining facilities is limited, with seating and tables removed to promote physical distancing, in accordance with governmental mandates and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Masking and social distancing guidelines must be observed, along with posted occupancy restrictions. Eating is only permitted in posted, designated areas and in a student’s residence hall room.

b. Mobile ordering and carryout options have been expanded to reduce patron wait times.

c. To enhance safety, the dining commons are not offering self-serve options, and menu selections have been streamlined to increase speed of service.

d. In addition, there is extensive and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and restroom spaces are cleaned at least two times each day; these restrooms have been configured to encourage distancing among users.