Palmer Commons

COVID-19 Testing Information


Covid testing will continue at Palmer Commons this fall in the Great Lakes South room. 

We are ready to support the students, faculty and staff of the university community. With new guidance from the University of Michigan and public health experts, here is what you can expect in Palmer.

Thinking of going virtual with your event?

With restrictions on in-person events and budgetary constraints, many people are turning to virtual events. Our staff at Palmer Commons can help guide you through the process. 


Palmer Commons - Fall FAQ

Palmer Commons is ready to support the students, faculty and staff of the university community. With new guidance from the University of Michigan and public health experts, here is what you can expect in Palmer.

  • As of Monday, August 2nd, MCards are no longer required to access the Palmer Commons. All entrances are open.
  • In light of increasing case transmission due to the Delta variant, the University is again requiring the use of face coverings by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. The requirements of this policy will be in place for at least the first weeks of the fall semester to aid in protecting the U-M community from the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. See full policy (PDF).
  • You may be asked to show your status using the ResponsiBlue app. Guests and visitors entering U-M Facilities are expected to complete a screening through the ResponsiBlue Guest. Faculty, staff and students who are fully vaccinated and voluntarily submit their status to UM through the “Report your COVID-19 vaccination” tile on Wolverine Access, are not required to follow distancing requirements. Individuals who have not self-reported should continue to distance themselves as feasible and wear a mask.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Don’t visit Palmer if you are sick.

What will be open?

As of Monday August 2nd, MCards are no longer required to access the Palmer Commons. All entrances are open.

See the links see links on our Homepage for current hours of operation, and remember ResponsiBlue health screening, and your face covering (if you are not vaccinated).

Fields Cafe remains closed until further notice.

What sanitization protocols will be in place?

Our Building Services team will be using enhanced cleaning protocols, especially high-touch areas like door handles, flat surfaces, elevators, and handrails. Deep cleaning of spaces will occur overnight. Meeting rooms will be cleaned between each use. Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly with techniques proven effective against viral transmission. Visitors to Palmer Commons also have a role to play in limiting virus transmission through frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, wearing a face covering, and maintaining at least 6 feet from others. We will have signage throughout the building stating health and safety protocol, along with extra sanitizing stations.

Will the lounges and food areas reopen?

Yes! We are in the process of moving furniture back to lounges, food courts and other seating areas. You may sit (and eat) with others if you are fully vaccinated. Mobile-ordering and pick-up for food vendors continues to be available as well as ordering at their counters. You can find their apps in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store. If you are not vaccinated, your mask should only be removed for active eating or drinking.

Classroom Use

Will classes be held in Palmer Commons?

Yes, the classroom in Palmer Commons will be open for classes beginning August 30th.


Will there be capacity limits?

There are no gathering size restrictions at this time. Capacity limits are determined by the stated fire codes per meeting room.

Should in-person team meetings be discouraged even if social distancing?

No, CDC and campus guidance aligns with safely holding in-person meetings. While virtual meetings are safest, there continue to be measures for reducing risk during in-person meetings. Any unvaccinated attendee will need to wear a face covering and social distance.

Can my event/meeting still be catered?

Yes, all of our approved caterers are ready to cater your event. Please see a list of our approved caterers here.

  • MCatering will continue to offer a robust variety of menu options and meet dietary preferences. The service style may be different than you are used to, for instance, servers will be wearing masks and items that were previously self-serve (beverages, buffets) will now be served by MCatering staff. Group size restrictions, physical distancing and other public health considerations may impact the level of available catering.
  • Katherine’s Catering: They are in full swing, offering lots of pre-packaged meal options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and appetizers. They have invested in the necessary equipment to provide safe events, including plexiglass shields, sneeze guards and individual salt and pepper shakers to name a few. They also conducted staff training to ensure their team is well informed and understand the new event protocol. There is a detailed section on their website outlining the current COVID plan. (under the about tab)
  • Zingerman’s Catering: Zingerman’s Catering and Events’ sales staff, kitchen crew, event planners, drivers and service staff, thank you for your continued loyalty as we navigate the current health situation in our community. As always, we appreciate the opportunity to be part of your special occasions and your everyday meals. Our motto says that we deliver “great taste that you can trust” and that continues to be our number one priority. When you are offering Zingerman’s full flavored food to your friends, family and coworkers, we know that you are trusting us to be vigilant in our food safety practices. We will continue to deliver great food to your door, ready for you to enjoy with confidence.For more information, see the following Google document.
  • Pizza House: The delivery option will continue to be contact-free with pre-payment online. For information regarding catererd events contact Sue Baker, Asst.General Manager/Catering,

Student Room Rental Rates

Palmer Commons Student Organization Room Rental Fees 
Below are the room rental rates after a student organization has surpassed their 30 hours a semester allowance
Room Price Per Hour

Places to Study

Explore places to meet, collaborate, or study at Palmer Commons


Hours of Operation

Fall & Winter Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 7am -11pm

Saturday: 8am - 4pm

Sunday: 11am - 7pm


Fall Break

10/15: Friday: 7am - 6pm

10/16: CLOSED

10/17: 11am - 7pm

10/18 & 10/19: Monday & Tuesday: 7am - 6pm




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