How coronavirus affects on-campus dining

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Galliano Dining Hall, Chick-fil-A and The Grid and Original Burger Company, in the student union, all remain open on campus for take-out meals only. 

The cafeteria is open during its regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Brunch is held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner is 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Russell Barrios, dining services general manager, said the students are still able to choose from pizza, grill, the salad bar or the home-style entrée. The cafeteria also has limited desserts and pre-wrapped breakfast items. Students are given a cup with a lid and straw on entry to use at the fountain machines, and servers fill to-go boxes with whatever students choose. Barrios said this plan is still fluid and is subject to change as other university changes take place.

 Zachary Vegoun, Nicholls cafeteria catering director, said all catering events through this March and April have been postponed or canceled.

 “The transition in the cafeteria is going well, but it is down to management and supervisors working,” Vegoun said. “We have some dietary restrictions, but the students have been very understanding.”   

Vegoun said Friday for lunch they saw 60 kids, but on Monday they almost had 200.

 Although the cafeteria will stay open as long as kids are on campus and campus says they are good to go, service might have to transition to a hurricane style. Vegoun said that would include box lunches and delivery to dorms.

 Alexi Tauzin, Chick-fil-A team leader and Nicholls student, said business has been slow and only 10 people can be inside at a time.

 “There are some points in the day where we have a line outside and a few people in here, but it has changed because it is not as busy. And there is less work for us to do,” Tauzin said.

Although normal activity has decreased recently, Tauzin said the kids’ meals have been hectic. Chic-fil-A is now offering free meals for children ages 12 and under through the end of the month. The free meals will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The meal includes four chicken nuggets, one small fry and one kid’s fountain drink. Meals are limited to one per child, and a parent or legal guardian must accompany children. Tauzin said there is really no way to record it, so employees have been keeping a tally behind the register. She said a lot of people with kids are visiting everyday.

Some measures they are taking to keep clean are giving drink refills out of new cups, sanitizing the card readers often, sanitizing the doors and the continued practice of washing hands.

“We have someone on door now to make sure that we sanitize the door after someone touches it, and we always keep up with washing our hands so nothing really changed with that,” Tauzin said.

Tauzin said Chick-fil-A is open despite the Nicholls campus closure.