Cafeteria Update March 17th, 2020

March 17th, 2020 1:00PM EST

This update reflects a limited change of operations. Please see the March 16th posting – Message ID 2020-4 – for a more comprehensive listing of changes and for more need to know information.

Today the Honorable Ron Desantis, Governor of the State of Florida, recommended that public universities go to online instruction for the remainder of the semester and ordered that restaurants reduce their capacity by 50%.

We announced on March 16 (Message ID 2020-4) that while the University will remain open we have transitioned all instruction to on line for the remainder of the semester.

While we have always practiced sanitation standards more stringent than those being recommended, we have today taken the following steps with respect to food service:

  • We have reduce capacity in the cafeteria by 75% (do NOT move chairs as this challenges our ability to follow the Governor’s guidelines);
  • Because it can be challenging to visualize exactly what 6 feet looks like, we have put a 6 foot tape line at the entrance of the cafeteria to illustrate the recommended minimum distance;
  • Because there really isn’t room to space diners 6 feet apart, we have closed the Student Union;
  • We have suspended our “no food outside of the cafeteria” rule and will provide takeout boxes. However, most of the reason that we don’t allow food outside of the cafeteria, especially in dormitories, is to prevent pests (roaches can carry diseases a whole lot worse than COVID-19!) While we spend a fortune on pest control, we still need you to help us help you by being careful where you eat, cleaning up any messes, and disposing of leftovers in outside garbage cans.

Posted date, time, by, and authority of:  March 17, 2020 1:30pm EST by the President of the University of his own authority.

Message ID: 2020-5



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s