As UCF begins to welcome students on campus for the fall semester, the Dining Services department has outlined several measures it is taking as the university continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Cleaning Practices and Seating Options
In addition to UCF’s pre-COVID extensive sanitation procedures, Dining Services is implementing vigorous cleaning schedules of all high-touch areas such as door handles, counters, tray slides, etc.
Plexiglass dividers have been installed at registers, and employees’ hand-hygiene practices will include more frequent hand washing and glove changes. The commercial dishwashers use cleaning products with the highest levels of efficacy to ensure that dishes, flatware and glasses will be safe to use. Self-service areas will now be staffed with employees to assist diners’ needs.
Students will be able to use some indoor, physically distanced seating eating options. UCF staff has reset indoor dining rooms at Knightro’s, ’63 South, Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Business Administration building, Starbucks and more of its on-campus establishments to practice physical distancing in accordance with university guidelines. In dining halls and Student Union spaces, seating pods will be available for “COVID bubble members” — those who live at the same residence — to eat together.
Per university policy, students must wear their mask when they are not eating or drinking and should be stationary when consuming food.
Outdoor seating is available at Einstein Bros. Bagels in Business Administration, Chick-fil-A in the John T. Washington Center, Chili’s in the Student Union, and Starbucks in Health and Public Affairs. Patio seating is also available on the north side of the Student Union.
Knightro’s and ’63 South have always offered grab-and-go meals and will continue to do so with some modifications.
For breakfast and dinner, students who choose the grab-and-go option will be given a disposable container and will be permitted to enter the dining establishment and select food for themselves.
For lunch — traditionally UCF Dining Service’s peak hours — grab-and-go will consist of a pre-packaged meal to prevent crowding and wait times as much as possible. Daily grab-and-go menus, which will include vegan options, can be viewed ahead of time on UCF Dining’s website, and will also be listed at the restaurant.
There will be a dedicated line at lunch for grab-and-go diners to decrease wait times.
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of mobile ordering for any UCF Dining establishment through the Grubhub app.
Once on campus, access the app on your phone, navigate to settings and select UCF Campus. Order your meal, select your pickup time and avoid waiting in line.
Knight Cash is accepted as a payment method in addition to credit and debit cards.
Wellness Meal Plans
UCF Dining Services and UCF Housing and Residence Life have partnered to create a meal program in the event a student who lives on campus requires isolation or quarantine.
This program is for students who currently reside in on-campus housing, and can select this meal program when working with their housing representative prior to moving to isolation. The meals will be safely delivered by Housing and Residence Life once each day.
Wellness Meal Plans include dinner for that day’s delivery, and breakfast and lunch for the following day. Vegan, gluten-sensitive and nut-free options are available. Students who already have purchased a meal plan can opt-in to this program at no additional charge. Students who have not purchased a meal plan will be provided a link from housing to purchase a Wellness Meal Plan.
Where to Find Up-to-Date Information
- UCF Dining Services website, which includes hours of operation
- Alerts will post to @UCFDining on social media