By Anthony Covino
The dining menu at FDU is yet another aspect that will be drastically different this fall.
The Equinox’s most recent COVID-19 roundtable video focuses on the new changes in dining for the fall semester.
With indoor dining being delayed in New Jersey, colleges will have to plan ahead for their dining facilities on and around their campus, preferably with take-out dining and reduced capacities in dining halls.
With the 2020 fall semester quickly approaching, the roundtable discussion focused on how COVID-19 will affect how students dine on-campus.
Princeton University was among the first universities that have already implemented a new dining hall schedule, specifically for their summer students.
Starting on June 3, the plan is as follows:
- Butler Dining Hall will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Students will be allowed to pick up their dinner during operation hours as well as their breakfast and lunch for the next day.
- Guests must enter and exit through the dining hall entrance, and will only be allowed one swipe per day.
- All of the meals will be served in takeout containers with individually wrapped condiments and utensils.
- Eating in the dining hall is not permitted.
While this plan has only been implemented during the summer, it is uncertain whether Princeton will continue or change this plan when the fall semester comes around.
A problem with this plan is that when the students pick up their breakfast and lunch for the next day, the food selection is limited so the food can stay fresh for the night and be edible the next day. There is also the big concern of how food allergens can be avoided with this method.
On July 7, FDU announced updated plans for the 2020 fall semester since their original announcement of the structure of the fall. This plan includes no indoor dining for the time being and extended dining hall hours.
President Christopher Capuano has yet to announce a detailed plan for dining on campus, but we can expect one with the semester coming closer.