Palmer Commons is looking forward to welcoming you back and is taking action to provide the safest environment possible for students and community upon our reopening. Even with public health informed practices, meaningful opportunities for cultivating community and belonging, and student involvement and development with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion remain essential to our mission. In order to ensure Palmer Commons is open for your use, each of us has a responsibility for protecting the health of the community.
Users of Palmer Commons need to commit to the following fundamental public health practices. These actions are some of the most powerful things we can do, and they depend on each one of us doing our part.
- Wearing face coverings at all times in the public areas, lounges, food courts, corridors, elevators, and office suites.
- Practice physical distancing.
- Maintaining good hand hygiene.
- Limit gathering size.
What will be open?
Will masks/face coverings be required?
What sanitization protocols will be in place?
Will the lounges and food areas reopen?
Will classes be held in Palmer Commons?
- The Provost's Office has provided guidance to schools and colleges on how to plan for social distancing in classrooms for preliminary Fall 2020 planning scenarios.
- Several factors are being considered including moving furniture to accommodate social distancing, ensuring technology can be used for lecture capture and live streaming and health and safety measures such as PPE and additional cleaning.
- The Registrar's Office will be using this data in the coming weeks for very high level class schedule modeling purposes.
- Check back often for updates
Will there be capacity limits?
Should in-person team meetings be discouraged even if social distancing?
Can my event/meeting still be catered? Yes!
- 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. https://www.katherines.com/covid/ (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, firstname.lastname@example.org