Forward Together: Dining Services by Aramark

A student purchases a meal at Chick-fil-A in Berns

Dining during the No Indoor Gathering Protocol

Dining Services continue to be offered while on the No Indoor Gathering Protocol, but all dining is take-out only. Indoor dining spaces are closed.


Dining Regulations

  • Dining Services is following all recommendations put forth by state regulatory departments, to include observing physical distancing guidelines, decreasing capacity, redesigning the egress at some locations, and increased sanitation practices.
  • In compliance with university guidelines, all guests are required to wear a facial covering unless they are seated in the dining hall and eating.
  • Dining Services employees are required to wear appropriate personal protection and follow health screening check-in procedures.

Residential Dining

Residential dining is observing physical distancing guidelines, decreasing capacity, removing self-service items to the largest extent possible, and reconfiguring serving stations to uphold state regulatory recommendations. Tables and chairs have been shifted to account for physical distancing recommendations and procedures as put forth by state regulatory departments. Directional signage has been laid down on flooring to create clear pathways for location entrance, station queue points, location flow, and location exit areas. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the dining hall.

In keeping with university policy, all guests are required to wear a facial covering unless they are seated in the dining hall and eating.

All items are served in disposable containers and then passed to the guest; each station requires a new container to reduce contact. Most self-service items have been placed behind service lines for greater convenience.

As a precautionary measure, all employees are required to follow new check-in procedures that will ensure that prescribed health standards are met at a minimum before their workday begins. Employees are washing their hands and having their temperature checked all before entry is allowed.

Appropriate personal protection is being worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state and local regulations and guidance. Training on how to properly use, proper laundering and dispose of all personal protection gear is mandatory. Every employee entering the dining locations are provided a mask and are required to wear the mask while on site.

Correct hygiene and frequent hand washing is taking place. All employees are changing gloves after hand washing and in between tasks. There is increased frequency of sanitizing of food contact surface areas and seating areas. Service stations, service carts, beverage stations, counters, handrails, are being extensively sanitized in between service periods.


Retail Dining

Retail dining is observing physical distancing guidelines, decreasing capacity in locations, reduced seating, and redesigning the egress at some locations. Hand sanitizer is available at each retail location. There is increased frequency of sanitizing of food contact surface areas.


Catering

Standards have being revised, including operational and sanitation procedures. Modified menus are available to showcase style of service. Additionally, a new catering module has been developed to continue our commitment of serving clients and guests safely with a contactless experience. Safety sealed, packaged meals have been designed to be enjoyed singularly for each person, therefore upholding current safety guidelines.


Questions? Contact us at forward@methodist.edu, our dedicated email address for COVID-19 communications.