Operational changes to Dining Services - March 16 - 20, 2020

To: UC Santa Cruz Residential Students

From: Dining Services

Dear Residential Student and Campus Community members,

Dining Services continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID–19 situation. Given today’s declaration by Gov. Gavin Newsom regarding limitations of restaurant seating and expansion of social distancing we have made shifts to our operation delivery plan for the week of March 16–20, 2020 in an effort to keep our patrons safely fed.

Starting Monday, March 16th, several operational changes will be in effect. The following facilities will all maintain their normal operating schedules, barring unforeseen shortages in staffing availability, but will be implementing changes to delivery as outlined below. Please regularly check the UCSC Dining website for updates.

  • Cowell Dining Hall
  • Colleges 9/10 Dining Hall
  • Rachel Carson Dining Hall
  • PERK at Baskin Engineering

At this time all other Dining Hall and Dining Retail locations are expected to remain closed:

  • Crown and Porter Dining Halls
  • Stevenson Coffee House
  • Oakes Cafe
  • College Eight Cafe
  • Banana Joe’s
  • Terra Fresca Fresca Restaurant and Coffee Bar
  • PERK Carts at Earth and Marine Sciences (EMS) and the Physical Sciences Building (PSB)

What’s shifting with how patrons may get their meals?

  • All meals must be taken “to go” from the Dining facility.
  • No more than 50 patrons will be permitted to enter the facility at one time.
  • You are encouraged to maintain a 6-foot social distance radius from the next person waiting in line so as to minimize any unnecessary exposure.
  • Upon entry you are encouraged to sign up for the Eco Box program which allows you to use and return your box to be washed for reuse by another patron in the dining hall. No fee will be assessed for utilizing this program. Compostable “To go” boxes will be made available for all others.
  • Patrons on a 5- and 7-day meal plan will not be limited to the number of to go or eco box meals they may take per day, but consideration for those who may be waiting in lines is appreciated.
  • Food handler gloves will be provided upon entrance and all patrons are encouraged to wear them at the self-service stations (deli, salad and dessert bars).
  • Dining Services staff will continue to be proactive in promoting the highest levels of sanitation in heavily trafficked and public areas.

As staffing levels or other precautions necessitate, Dining may need to continue to adjust the dining operations program and schedule throughout the week. Please stay informed of additional operational changes by checking the UCSC Dining website.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.