Food and Dining Services

 Will it be necessary to take any special precautions when dining in D-Hall or E-Hall?

JMU Dining Services will follow the executive orders set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as university health and safety protocols with respect to operations. Employees are required to wear a mask indoors while on university owned or leased property while in the presence of others, including while in dining halls. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking only.

 Will it be necessary to take any special precautions when dining in retail dining facilities, such as Festival and Dukes Dining?

JMU Dining Services will follow the executive orders set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as university health and safety protocols with respect to operations. Employees are required to wear a mask indoors while on university owned or leased property while in the presence of others, including while in dining facilities. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking only.

 Is food delivery available?

Starship robots will be available for delivery service throughout the academic year. Access this service by downloading the Starship app.

Throughout the day, before food is loaded into the robot, it will be wiped down inside and outside with an approved cleaner. At the end of the day each Starship robot will undergo a detailed cleaning.

Housekeeping and Facilities

 What facility enhancements will be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The following enhanced cleaning protocols will be performed by the Facilities Management Department:

  • Facilities Management will work with building coordinators to determine which doors may be kept open with doorstops to avoid unnecessary touching.
  • Facilities Management will monitor air filters and building systems for optimal performance.
  • Facilities Management will provide COVID-19 signage related to masking for use by all departments.
  • Plexiglass style shields are installed on classroom lecterns where possible. Building coordinators may request additional desktop shields as needed.

 What cleaning enhancements will be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The following enhanced protocols will be performed by the Facilities Management Department:
  • Housekeepers will clean classrooms, labs and public restrooms each day, including after classes have ended, prior to the next day.
  • Housekeepers will clean and sanitize all high-touch surfaces such as stairwell handrails, water fountains, door entrance and exit handles, elevators, vending machines, and all other general-touch surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to each building, in every office suite as well as every classroom and lab.
  • Housekeepers will maintain a cleaning schedule verification sheet, located on the back of each classroom door. Housekeepers will sign the cleaning schedule, including the time and date of last cleaning.
  • Classrooms and labs will have disposable wipes available for faculty and students to clean their work area, study area, or desk between formal housekeeping services.
  • Housekeepers will no longer clean white boards and chalkboards. This is a faculty responsibility. Appropriate cleaning supplies for white boards and chalkboards will be provided.
  • Housekeeping will clean individual offices and assigned spaces designated for personal/professional use twice a week instead of daily, allowing them to focus on sanitizing shared spaces. A bottle of disinfectant and a cloth will be available for each office so individuals may clean their work/study areas between formal housekeeping services. Housekeepers will collect and wash cloths on a regular schedule. 
  • Staff and faculty will be prohibited from placing food items in their office trashcans. These items should be placed in a common area receptacle or taken home.
  • Faculty and staff may order quart bottles of hand sanitizer from Facilities Management for faculty and staff to use at their workstations. Please note that quantities are limited. 
  • JMU will not assign housekeepers to individual buildings; however, they will work in teams. Their priority will be the disinfecting of public spaces, restrooms and classrooms.
Public Events

 Will it be necessary to take any special precautions when attending football games at Bridgeforth Stadium?

No masks are required while outdoors at Bridgeforth Stadium. Masks are required in all indoor spaces, such as the clubhouse, except when eating or drinking.

 Will it be necessary to take any special precautions when events at the Forbes Center?

The Forbes Center Masterpiece Theatre will return to in-person performances on September 10, 2021. Ticketed seats will be assigned in accordance with the latest COVID guidance. Masks are required for audiences while indoors.

 Can student performers and external guest performers play/perform without a mask?

Student performers must wear a mask when in indoor spaces on owned or leased university property when in close proximity to others but may remove their masks while performing if on stage.

 What if I bring a speaker to campus for my club/class/event?

Speakers and other visitors to campus are required to wear masks. 

Audience members must wear masks while indoors on university owned or leased space.

 Can a speaker remove their mask while presenting?

In most locations, all vaccinated speakers are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces while on owned or leased university property when in the presence of others. Presenters may remove their mask while speaking behind plexiglass to an audience in these physical spaces:

  • Atlantic Union Bank Center
  • Festival Ballroom
  • Grafton-Stovall Theatre
  • Hall of Presidents
  • Wilson Auditorium

If possible, speakers in these spaces are recommended to present from behind a lectern or from an elevated stage distanced from the audience. 

Speakers who are not vaccinated are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces while on owned or leased university property when in the presence of others.

University Travel

 May I drive a state vehicle with a passenger without my mask on?

Employees should follow current state guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID. Employees are required to wear a mask indoors while on university-owned or leased property, which includes state vehicles, while in the presence of others. 

 If I am alone, must I wear a mask while driving a state vehicle?

If the driver is alone throughout the trip, a face covering is not necessary. Employees should follow current state guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID. 

 What do I do if I must travel between different work sites or between state agencies?

Staff and faculty who travel to multiple JMU work locations or to other agencies must follow the safety guidelines established for the specific worksite and agency and follow current state guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID. If the driver is alone throughout the trip, a face covering is not necessary. Employees are required to wear a mask indoors while on university-owned or leased property, which includes state vehicles, while in the presence of others.

 Is business travel by state employees restricted due to COVID-19?

Not at this time.

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