Food Management’s College Power Players listing tabulates the 25 universities with the largest numbers of meal plan holders, also making their dining programs by inference 25 of the largest in the country. Like every other institution of higher learning, large and small, they have had to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, which we previously detailed.
Now, these schools are having to prepare for the fall term without knowing exactly what conditions they will be operating under. Nevertheless, they have all now communicated at least tentative plans for the coming term, which in many cases will commence next month. The plans include how campus dining will be conducted, though these range from highly detailed to rather sketchy, depending on the school.
What is clear is that all will have some form of dining onsite and all will abide by some general restrictions involving social distancing and avoidance of cross-contamination. Seating and dine-in options will be severely limited even at schools that will allow it, and all are expected to encourage takeout, with many deploying some form of preordering.
Here are capsule summaries of the plans communicated by each of the schools.