Niagara College creates safe space to offer indoor eating


Published January 25, 2022 at 10:17 am

While the rest of the province is forbidden from indoor eating at restaurants, Niagara College’s two campuses in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland are making sure their students can eat safely.

To be certain, campus food services are still shut down cold. However, if you have a bag lunch or even snacks, the campuses opened their cafeterias last Thursday (January 20) for students as ” a safe place to eat lunch.”

However, the rules are pretty clear. “Remove your mask only when seated at a table and remember to don your mask immediately once you finish eating.” And, of course, the usual safe distancing protocols.

The cafeterias at both campuses will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The college is reminding its students that eating is allowed in the cafeteria only – benches and sitting places around the campuses are still “no food” zones.

“While campus food services are currently closed in compliance with the provincial government’s closure of indoor dining, we recognize that students and staff who are on-campus for essential reasons will need a safe place to eat lunch,” said Niagara College. By taking the food preparation out of the picture, this present set-up squeezes into the compliance end of the rules.

Classrooms and labs remain at the discretion of faculty. “Drinking may be permitted in some instructional spaces at the discretion of faculty,” said the college. “Individuals may bring a beverage and pull their mask down occasionally to take sips while keeping a safe distance from others and donning their mask immediately after drinking.”

While the college hasn’t officially announced it, campus food services will likely return on January 31.

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