Temporary Penn State Dining Closures Linked To Coronavirus Precautions

Penn State temporarily closed two on-campus dining locations this week out of precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Penn State Dining official.

In an email Thursday, Jim Meinecke, associate director of Residential Dining, said Penn State temporarily closed Flipps Grill and Market Pollock’s kitchen to mitigate the potential spread of the virus and “promote student, employee, and visitor health and safety.”

Penn State quarantined individuals identified as close contacts in contact tracing processes and placed them in 14-day quarantines whether they had tested positive or not.

“[Quarantines have] led to some minor shortages in Residential Dining staffing, forcing the University to close some locations for a short period of time,” Meinecke said.

He said one full-time staff member tested positive for the virus sometime earlier in the semester. Meinecke didn’t confirm if the lone reported positive among Dining employees was directly related to this week’s closures.

Meinecke did, however, clarify the closures weren’t related to rumored layoffs.

Flipps is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, October 4, while Market Pollock’s kitchen will follow on Wednesday, October 7.

Since testing began on August 7, 2,475 University Park students and one employee have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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