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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.


Spring 2022

We look forward to serving you this semester. You can review our locations and current hours online for the most up-to-date information. Please follow campus health and safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings* when needed. At all dining locations, face coverings* must be worn at all times.
Dining commons [Crossroads, Café 3, and Clark Kerr ] will open with to-go options only at this time. Foothill dining commons will remain closed.

Note that Meal Plans begin on January 13, and some locations have different open hours in early January as follows:

  • Crossroads dining commons will open 1/10 with full, regular hours for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, however, only cash or credit/debit card payments will be accepted before Meal Plans are active on 1/13.
  • Café 3 and Clark Kerr dining commons will open on 1/13 for brunch and dinner.
  • Foothill dining commons will be closed at this time, however the Cub Market will be open on 1/13 and will enable students to use their meal swipes for a meal equivalency.
  • Convenience Stores [The Den, Bear Market, and CKCcub] will open January 18.
  • The Golden Bear Café will open January 18.
  • Pizzeria 1868 will open January 19.
  • On January 17, Crossroads, Café 3, Clark Kerr and Cub Market will have holiday hours serving brunch and dinner.

*A special note on face covering types: Public health authorities now find many cloth face coverings are inadequate, and are instead recommending surgical masks, KN95, KF94, or N95 masks in indoor settings. Please utilize these as much as possible. 

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.