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  Notice – The latest updates on the evolving COVID-19 policies and resources for the campus communityx
Cal Dining's prevention and response efforts.

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 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, including:

  • Face coverings are required when entering all dining locations, due to a requirement issued by the City of Berkeley
  • Patrons are asked to stand 6 feet apart from each other at all times (physical distancing)
  • Meals will be offered “to-go” and dining seating areas will be closed
  • No self-service stations
  • Food will be served to students from our staff behind sneeze guards to prevent transmission


Hours of Operation for 2020–⁠2021

All dining locations will be to-go only.

  • Dining Commons: Café 3, Clark Kerr, and Crossroads
  • Convenience Stores: Bear Market and The Den
  • Campus Restaurants: The Golden Bear Café and Pizzeria 1868

Foothill, Cub Market, Brown’s, Common Grounds, Terrace Café, and The Pro Shop @ RSF will be temporarily closed for 2020–⁠2021.

There may be further modifications to services and hours of operation as needed. (See hours of operation.)


Cleaning Procedures

Cal Dining staff is diligently cleaning tables and touchpoints throughout our facilities. This includes hourly wipe-downs of touch areas, e.g. building entrances and exits, light switches, etc.; increasing wipe-down of tables; utilizing hospital-grade disinfectant/detergent that is a cleaner, sanitizer, fungicide, mildewstat, 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 health code. Culinary staff wears 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. Dining has also moved away from self-serve stations.


Health Ambassadors and Testing Badge System

Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021 Health Ambassadors will begin checking for compliance with mandatory testing requirements at Cal Dining’s three dining commons (Crossroads, Café 3, and Clark Kerr). The ambassadors will use the testing badge system to ensure that anyone entering is up to date on their required COVID-19 testing. This change is part of the campus’s ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect your health and that of our staff.

When you arrive at the door of the dining commons, you may be greeted by a UC Berkeley Health Ambassador, a student employee who will check badges and ensure that anyone entering the dining commons is wearing a face covering. You can access eTang via the Berkeley App or your web browser. If you do not have a smartphone available, you will be provided with an iPad on which you can log into eTang to show your badge status.

You will receive food, no matter what color your badge is.

  • If your badge is green: You will be permitted to enter the dining hall. A green badge signifies that you’re up to date on testing, which is required twice per week if you live in campus residence halls or apartments.
  • If your badge is yellow: You will be permitted to enter the dining hall until February 8, 2021 but you are currently out of compliance with the university’s surveillance testing policy and the residential code of conduct. Beginning February 8, 2021 if you still have a yellow badge and you are out of compliance with the surveillance testing policy, you may not be permitted to access the dining commons, but you will receive a pre-packaged to-go meal. Please note that results from a UHS COVID-19 test can take 24 hours to update in the badge system.
  • If your badge is orange or red: You have been identified as requiring quarantine or isolation housing at Foothill, and you likely have already been notified by UHS. You will not be permitted to enter the dining commons or other campus spaces, but you will receive a pre-packaged to-go meal.  If your badge is orange, you have been identified as requiring quarantine while if your badge is red, you’ve been identified as positive for COVID-19. In either case, if you have not already heard from UHS, please contact UHS immediately so that they can arrange for quarantine or isolation housing. The UHS Advice Line is available 24/7 at (510) 643-7197.


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