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Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cal Dining is committed to supporting and nourishing the Berkeley community during this challenging and uncertain time. Our goal is to provide high-quality dining options, while following campus,  CDC, the City of Berkeley Public Health, and California Department of Public Health requirements. Due to precautions for COVID-19, our hours of operation may change with limited notice. 

Our team is dedicated to ensuring cleanliness and reducing virus transmission. You may notice some additional changes in your dining experience even while our operations remain limited. Thank you for your patience as we work to build up our services again after a year of responding to the pandemic.


Fall 2021

The City of Berkeley has implemented a new health order that the campus will implement on Friday, September 10 requiring proof of vaccinations. 

Patrons of our Cal Dining dining halls will be required to show proof of vaccination at each visit if they wish to enter inside.

You will need your campus access badge on your mobile device at each visit for Cal Dining showing that you are fully compliant with UCOP COVID-19 vaccination requirements (fully vaccinated, or approved exemption and surveillance test within the past week). Remember your Cal 1 Card or other photo ID as well! 

Only students, faculty, and staff are permitted in the dining commons until further notice, as we work to implement the City of Berkeley’s new health order.

If a student does not have a green campus access badge, they will be able to obtain to-go food options outside of the dining hall, but will not be allowed to enter inside the dining hall. 


Dining commons [Crossroads, Café 3, Clark Kerr Campus (CKC), and Foothill]  are currently open for in-person Dining and also have to-go options available.  Please ask cashiers or Dining staff members at each location if you are interested. Each dining commons has four to-go meals available including vegan and allergen-friendly options. Students may take up to two to-go boxes and all options come with a beverage (Bubly or water) and a cookie. 

Convenience Stores [The Den, Bear Market, Cub Market, and CKCcub] are open.

The Golden Bear Café will also open starting September 7, 2021, Monday—Friday 7:30 a.m.—4 p.m. for retail goods and 7:30 a.m.—2 p.m. for hot food. The remaining Cal Dining campus restaurants are currently closed. 

Thank you for your patience as we work to return to full operations. You can review our locations and current hours online for the most up-to-date information. We look forward to welcoming you for in-person dining this fall. Please follow campus health and safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings when needed. In all dining locations, face coverings must be worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking.


Cleaning Procedures

Cal Dining staff is diligently cleaning tables and touchpoints throughout our facilities. This includes hourly wipe-downs of touch areas, like building entrances and exits, light switches, etc.; wiping down tables more frequently; utilizing hospital-grade disinfectant/detergent that is a cleaner, sanitizer, fungicide, mildew stat, and virucide.

Staff is instructed to wash hands frequently. This is currently part of production standards with staff washing hands between tasks, after taking breaks, between changing gloves, and as required by the health code. Culinary staff wear disposable nitrile gloves any time they are producing a product that is ready to eat for the consumer. They also use gloves when serving the customer.

Dining also has several stations throughout each facility that provide sanitizer to guests.