Safely keep residence hall restaurants open during the 2020 Fall semester

Safely keep residence hall restaurants open during the 2020 Fall semester

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Charles Martin started this petition to Notre Dame Division of Student Affairs

With the COVID-19 pandemic presenting a larger threat than ever, the main challenge Notre Dame faces is to keep the members of our community safe while remaining a place where our community can flourish. In line with this goal, all while following guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we are returning to campus for in-person classes, resuming club activities where safely possible, and, perhaps most excitingly, living in our residence halls.

The residence hall communities are the anchor of student life, especially during this pandemic; when some classes meet online and campus-wide events are cancelled, residence halls will be the stage for most student interaction (albeit socially distanced). Thus, it is critically important to maintain the character and soul of our residence halls. One way we can do this is by safely opening our dorm restaurants (i.e. the pizza parlors in Zahm, Sigfried, Dunne, Keenan, Alumni, etc.). Certainly there will be difficulties in ensuring that these places operate without introducing more risk to our campus and local environment, but this is true of any activity on campus. I, along with several of my classmates, believe that food prep/service can be effectively structured to ensure safety, as is being done with other campus dining options. With proper training, PPE/counter shields, and perhaps even the prohibition of on premises dining, it is possible for these dorm restaurants to prepare food this semester.

With the support of the ND student body and everyone else who cares about this issue, I would be honored to open this dialogue with the Division of Student Affairs. Let's prioritize safety while maintaining the spirit of our community. Having dorm restaurants stay open is one small thing that can improve morale during this pandemic, and it is very doable. Stay safe, Go Irish!

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