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COVID-19 Recovery: Campus Dining

This web page addresses frequently asked questions related to Campus Dining and COVID-19. For more information, visit contact Campus Dining at or 660.562.2555.

What will Bearcat Commons look like?  (updated 8/2/20)

Campus Dining will allow a limited number of students inside Bearcat Commons at one time, and students will be encouraged to leave when they are finished eating. Face coverings are required to enter dining facilities and while moving through the facilities but may be removed while eating and drinking when seated at a table.

Additional mitigation measures include:

  • All dining employees will be screened upon entering the building and are required to wear face coverings.
  • Specific doors will be designated for entering, exiting and takeout.
  • All condiments, napkins and silverware will be distributed by employees.
  • Grab-and-go items will be available for quick dining solutions with minimal contact.
  • Register shields are located at registers.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout all locations.
  • Tables and chairs will be socially distanced and sanitized between customers.
  • Bearcat Commons will close between meal periods for full sanitation at from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

What will The Jones retail dining area look like?  (updated 8/2/20)

Seating is reduced and set to accommodate social distancing. Two traffic ways are set up for ordering – one walkway for Chick-fil-A guests and one walkway for Einstein or Zen guests.

Additional mitigation measures include:

  • All condiments, napkins and plastic-ware will be distributed by employees.
  • Register shields are at all registers.
  • New cups will be provided for refills.

Will dietitian services be available for students?  (updated 8/2/20)

Nathan Slinkard, MS, RD, LD will have weekly office hours dedicated for virtual meetings, phone calls and email. Hours are still being decided, but Nathan may be reached at

Will Campus Dining deliver food?  (updated 8/2/20)

To-go containers are available for students who wish to get food and leave. Campus Dining is exploring options for mobile ordering and designated pickup areas.

Will to-go containers be provided?  (updated 8/2/20)

Disposable to-go containers will be provided upon request to all guests. First-year freshmen and transfer students will be provided with a free reusable to-go container, which also will be available to purchase for $7 at Bearcat Commons registers.

To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, employees will plate the student’s chosen food items, hand the plate to the student, and the student will be responsible for placing the food into the to-go box.