Virus alters dining hall operations

Chloe Nguyen, Staff Writer

Official changes to Wayne State’s cafeteria were made in 2020 to ensure the safety of everyone from the COVID-19 virus.

“The cafeteria is no longer offering self-serve services,” said Shawn Lynn, who manages the dining hall.

Everyone is required to wear a mask to enter the food areas. Self-serve stations such as salad bar, condiment bar, and ice-cream machines have been removed. All food will be packaged in containers to limit human contact with the food.

Social distancing stickers have been placed six feet apart with arrows to guide consumers when getting food. Overflow-seating in the Frey Conference Suite was added to make more room for dining after 240 seats were reduced down to 200 seats.

Instead of serving all day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., the cafeteria will not serve food from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays to sanitize the areas.

Students can get a green box from the lunchroom and take whatever food they want outside the cafeteria. Students and workers can download boost app from the app store and pay with flex money to pre-order food and pick up at the Cat Corner.