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Dining distantly

This photo was taken right after spring break, before masks were recommended. As guidelines evolved, students and staff wore masks — and some helped make them. Photo by Woody Myers

July 01, 2020

Dining — Distantly

The usual clatter and din of an afternoon meal was absent from Holmes Hall the last half of spring semester. Red tape marked social-distance zones for students waiting to pick up meals. More than 400 students chose to remain in UNC housing, and the dining hall staff served nearly 100 students daily.

During a three-and-a-half-hour window, students received three meals at once — lunch, dinner and breakfast for the next day — to take back to their rooms and prepare. Students chose from cold meals, such as sandwiches and salads, as well as hot meals that could be re-heated in a microwave or on a stove, including breakfast burritos, macaroni and cheese and soups. The staff provided special Easter and Passover meals to students, as well.