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COVID-19 infection control and safe indoor dining

UMass Medical School Communications

October 27, 2020

Indoor Dining at UMMS

Beginning Friday, October 30, we will open indoor locations for employees and School of Medicine students to eat while they are on the Medical School campus. We are making this change to provide space to eat indoors as the weather turns colder.

Employees; residents and fellows working in research environments; GSBS students with assigned conference room or break room spaces; and those with their own offices should continue to use those areas for dining.

The newly designated dining spaces listed here are to be used by those who do not have access to dining areas in their departments. Seating will be limited due to the need for social distancing. We ask that only those that need to use these spaces do so.

The School of Medicine and Graduate Medical Education offices will send out separate communications regarding SOM and resident/fellow indoor dining information.

The Sherman Center Café, the Sherman Center Multipurpose Room and the Old Medical School Lobby will be set up as eating space for all UMMS employees and clinical system providers, including residents, fellows and third- and fourth-year medical students.

All are expected to adhere to the following:

  1. 24/7 access (no reservation needed)
  2. Please remain socially distanced at 6-10 feet apart.
  3. Do not move chairs or furniture – these have been appropriately placed to keep you safe
  4. Remove masks only when eating and try to limit this time to less than 15 minutes
  5. Clean surfaces with provided supplies when finished
  6. Limit time spent to 30 minutes to enable dining access to others
  7. This is a dining space only – do not use for congregating

This is not a loosening of restrictions; this is an accommodation to ensure that employees and clinical students have indoor seating for lunch while on campus. As community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 continues to increase, this plan may need to be modified.