Protect Purdue Eating and Drinking Guidance


Eating together has long been a social activity, bringing people together to engage and get to know one another.  In this time of pandemic, eating has transitioned from a social activity into an activity to provide sustenance and hydration while learning and working.

Purdue students and employees have long chosen to eat carryout meals and snacks anywhere – hallways, classrooms, libraries, indoor and outdoor public spaces, etc. In preparation for the return of the active campus, Purdue went to great lengths to provide outdoor dining spaces in tents, providing lights and Plexiglas dividers for barrier protection.   

Even during a pandemic, the reality of a large college campus is that members of the Purdue community eat snacks and meals on the run in between classes or activities, and may not have the opportunity to do so outdoors. 

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity and it is essential that you ensure you are distanced by a minimum of 6 feet, or protected by Plexiglas barriers from any other person when you eat.

When the building assessments for more than 300 buildings began several months ago, the intent of de-densifying public spaces (breakrooms, kitchenettes, lobbies, atriums, conference rooms, etc.) was to provide a minimum of 6 feet between each occupant.  This configuration is considered sufficient in the event of a brief mask removal for eating or drinking.

Allowable locations and conditions

  • The Protect Purdue preferred location for eating and drinking by students, staff and faculty is in existing outdoor seating areas and temporary dining tents, as weather permits.
  • Unless explicitly prohibited, brief (<15 minutes) mask removal to eat or drink indoors is permitted, but only in public spaces, breakrooms, and office areas where consistent social distancing of 6 feet is possible.
  • Eating and drinking in residence hall rooms is permitted.
  • Permission to provide food, eat, and drink during an event must be obtained during the event approval process. Only pre-packaged, individually wrapped food is permitted
    • Please note that eating and drinking in a classroom during an approved event that includes provision of food is permitted, eating during class is not.

Prohibited locations and conditions

  • Eating and drinking is prohibited during class or instructional lab sessions. Individuals should leave the classroom/lab to eat or drink.
  • Eating and drinking is prohibited in research labs. Individuals should leave the research lab to eat or drink.

General Eating and Drinking guidance

No matter where you eat or drink:

  • Wear your mask before and after you eat.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before eating.
  • Use a wipe to clean and disinfect your area before and after eating.
  • Clean up after yourself and place all trash and recyclables in the appropriate receptacle
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Phone: (765) 494-8221

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Phone: (765) 494-6919


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