Dining Facilities

Developing protocols for a safe dining experience

The COVID-19 Task Force is currently reviewing updated CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. Oglethorpe is operating in the yellow phase of the campus protection guide in summer 2021. Masks are still required in most group settings on campus.


Turner Lynch Campus Center

The TLCC will be open in a limited capacity during the 2020-2021 academic year. Access to the dining hall and our Campus COVID-19 testing site are the primary functions of this building for the semester. The game room, Starbucks and Campus Store will remain closed as we begin the semester. Most lounge furniture has been removed to accommodate a testing site location on the first floor. The dining hall and 2nd-floor atrium tables and chairs have been spaced to promote social distancing when in use. Please do not move tables and/or chairs. Please note that you must purchase a dining hall plan for the semester if you would like to eat in the dining hall. The A_LAB Exchange will also be open during the hours of 8 a.m-5 p.m. for any students who need access to a printer.


Facility Preparations

The following steps are being taken to prepare our dining facilities for reopening:

  • Modify the physical layout of the dining hall to adhere to social distancing recommendations
  • Create additional dining/seating areas that adhere to social distancing recommendations outside of the dining hall
  • Make all menu items “grab and go” for all stations
  • All self-serve station (including beverages) will be attended by staff
  • Explore opening one or more satellite server stations with grab and go options
  • Limit the number of guests entering at any given time to the dining hall
  • Add floor signage to highlight safe waiting distances and foot-traffic flow
  • Schedule dining/pick up hours for groups of students to reduce the wait times, lines, and diners
  • Utilize an app-based order and pick up for the dining hall to reduce the wait times, lines, and diners

Food Service Preparations

Our food service provider, Aramark, in partnership with Jefferson Health, has developed EverSafe to heighten the protection of their staff and customers. This multi-dimensional platform, which will support the safe reopening and sustainable management of client locations around the world, reflects Aramark’s deep operational expertise and leverages the full force of its enterprise offering. Learn more about EverSafe.

At Oglethorpe, precautions will include:

  • Mandatory employee handwashing every 20 minutes
  • Employee temperature monitoring (not allowed to work with temperature of 100.4+)
  • CDC approved facial masks required for all Front of House employees and wherever 6 feet social distancing is not possible
  • Plexiglas Barriers
  • Enhanced employee safety training and COVID-19 mitigation tactics
  • Strict sanitation standards with an emphasis on repeated cleaning of high-touch areas, such as door handles, tables, trays and other materials frequently used
  • Servery and dining hall surfaces will be regularly sanitized with approved chemicals
  • Menu modifications and service area adjustments in front of house
  • Consolidating preparation of ingredients and implementing site-specific utensils to reduce the amount of movement between stations and maintain social distance in back of house