Guidelines for Food and Beverage Consumption in HSLC and WIMR during the Covid-19 pandemic

Updated on October 5, 2020: Revised to reflect updated room information in “Designated areas for food and beverage consumption” point 2, and “Spaces where food and beverage are not allowed” point 2.  

Originally posted on September 15, 2020 on behalf of Richard Moss, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology, and Graduate Studies

The primary purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for consuming food and beverages in the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) and Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) buildings and also apply to all faculty, students, staff, and (if visitors are permitted) visitors in other space across campus that is managed by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. These guidelines are intended to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 while eating and to also model risk mitigation behaviors to others.

Please note that per the HSLC Room Reservation COVID-19 Supplemental Guidelines, the HSLC is currently accessible to the SMPH community by Wiscard only until further notice.

Designated areas for food and beverage consumption:

    1. Use only those rooms designated for consuming food or beverages
    2. Health profession degree students may use HSLC 1207 for eating and drinking. Other SMPH faculty, staff and learners may utilize HSLC classrooms 1220 and 1222 when they are not otherwise scheduled. Please check wall-mounted screens for room schedules and vacate in advance of existing reservations.
    3. Outside seating areas
    4. Designated break areas
    5. Assigned office or other single-occupant room with entry door closed

Spaces where consuming food and beverages is not allowed:

    1. WIMR atrium and HSLC atrium
    2. All shared spaces (such as classrooms, conference rooms, and lecture halls), aside from those exceptions designated above.
    3. All other common-use indoor spaces including building entries, lobbies, and hallways
    4. All spaces where consuming food and beverages is normally disallowed, e.g., research laboratories

Read additional information on signage at the entry of any room approved for eating.

    1. If a designated room is already in use for a scheduled academic activity, please find another area where eating is allowed
    2. Employ physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals occupying the room
    3. Observe and do not exceed the maximum occupant capacity for the room
    4. Use only the identified seating locations within a designated room
    5. Sanitize the surfaces around your seating location before and after eating

Questions about these guidelines may be directed to Mark Wells, AIA, Assistant Dean for Facilities.