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Radford University reinvents dining experience through hot, cold lockers

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) -Mobile food ordering has been popular during the COVID-19 pandemic but keeping food hot or cold while you pick it up has its challenges.



a display in a store: Radford University has a first-of-its-kind solution to social distancing during meals combining the concept of lockers and climate control.


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Radford University has a first-of-its-kind solution to social distancing during meals combining the concept of lockers and climate control.

Now, Radford University has a first-of-its-kind solution pairing the two.

Campus might be quiet right now, but have been busy installing food lockers to safely enhance the dining experience during COVID times.

“This is an opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to have contactless ordering,” said university spokesperson Caitlyn Scaggs. “We certainly hope that students, faculty and staff realize this is an extension of our commitment to provide a safe and engaging learning environment here on the Radford campus.”

The pandemic has caused colleges around the world to reinvent the dining experience and Radford is no exception.

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Michigan to halt indoor dining, in-person high school, college for three weeks

(Reuters) – The U.S. state of Michigan will ban indoor dining and in-person high school and college for three weeks starting on Wednesday as coronavirus cases rise sharply, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media about the flooding along the Tittabawassee River, after several dams breached, in downtown Midland, Michigan, U.S., May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo

“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer told a televised news conference. “The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action.”

Whitmer, a Democrat, also said the state was temporarily banning all events in indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, movie theaters, sporting venues, casinos, bingo halls and skating rinks.

She warned that without action, the state could lose 1,000 residents a week from the

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Michigan halts indoor dining, in-person high school, college for three weeks

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a woman holding a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media about flooding in the state in May 2020


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FILE PHOTO: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media about flooding in the state in May 2020

(Reuters) – The U.S. state of Michigan will ban indoor dining and in-person high school and college for three weeks starting on Wednesday amid a rising number of coronavirus cases, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Sunday.

“We are in the worst moment of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer told a televised news conference announcing the dramatic steps. “The situation has never been more dire. We are at the precipice and we need to take some action.”

Whitmer also said she was temporarily banning all events in indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, movie theaters, sporting venues, casinos, bingo halls and skating rinks, warning that without action the state could lose 1,000 residents a week from the COVID-19 pandemic, which would be about twice

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Chartwells Higher Education Releases Innovative Plan for the Future of Campus Dining

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chartwells Higher Education announced today its Path Forward plan to help the 300+ colleges and universities it serves plan for campus dining in 2021 and beyond. Path Forward focuses on customizable strategies and solutions, including innovative meal plans, ghost kitchens, mental health programs, boxed catering, and safety technologies, to support COVID-19 challenges, safe dining, and student successes.

Path Forward was informed by responses to a recent survey conducted by Chartwells to explore how colleges and universities are planning for enrollment, virtual classes, housing, dining, catering, and more in 2021. Survey respondents include campus leadership partners from across the United States. Some of the initial findings include:

  • While over 40% of respondents believe enrollment in Fall 2021 will be similar to 2020, another 30%
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Boston University students must show COVID-19 status badges to enter dining halls and other campus facilities

Boston University students must have a green badge to show that they’re up to date with COVID-19 testing and symptom screening to gain entry to dining halls and other facilities on campus, officials said.

Boston University officials said the stricter measures were necessary due to “declining compliance” and a “worrisome increase in the daily numbers of cases of the virus among our student body, as well as our staff, over the last week.”

In a letter posted on the university’s website on Oct. 20, Boston University president Robert A. Brown and Kenneth Elmore, the associate provost and dean of students, reminded students that they must continue to follow the protocols for testing, screening, and social distancing.

“To emphasize the importance of these rules, beginning on Thursday, October 22, 2020, we will require a green daily attestation badge in order to enter our dining halls, the George Sherman Union, and several

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