“85% of returning college students wary of ordering food on campus amid COVID-19: Survey” by Foodservice Director

Higher Education

As a clear picture of how the coronavirus outbreak will evolve in the coming months remains elusive, colleges across the country are working to craft a variety of contingency plans around when and how to reopen their campuses.

Boston University recently received attention for noting that it may not bring back in-person classes until January 2021 if deemed necessary, and Indiana University has shared five distinct scenarios for campus reopening, the most extreme of which would see classes held remotely for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

As foodservice operators in particular consider how best to operate come fall, no doubt a foundation of their plans is ensuring the safest possible dining experience for students. However, they may find some students are reluctant to take part in on-campus dining, according to the results of a recent survey by software provider Nutrislice, which found that a large portion of students (85%) are at least somewhat concerned about the safety of ordering food when they return to campus.

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