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Dining Services COVID information

Fall 2020 Semester

*Please be advised that in an effort to protect the safety of our customers and associates, we will no longer be accepting cash payments as tender. This measure is in place to reduce contact and increase speed of service during COVID-19. Alternative forms of tender include Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover), Food Points, Nova Bucks and Meal Plan Balances. Cash deposits are accepted to add to your Nova Bucks account through the Wildcard Office and through a cash deposit kiosk located in Dougherty Hall.*

Villanova Dining Services is committed to the process of safely reopening our operations for the Fall 2020 Semester. We will be adhering to all protocols established by the University’s Health and Safety Plan, CDC Guidelines and locally-mandated safety measures to ensure the well-being of every member of the Villanova community.

All dining operations will be open and staffed so that we are best able to serve you. Our locations will still be serving your favorite menu options, including salads, sandwiches, pizza, hot entrees, and grill specials. Most items will be packaged individually for you by our staff as you make your choices. Various prepackaged “Grab and Go” items will be offered as well to help expedite service.

Dining Hall Changes for COVID Protection

Seating will be available, but will be limited to enforce social distancing guidelines. Take-out will be standard at all dining locations this fall. We encourage you to take advantage of this option to avoid crowding in our dining operations. Lines may look a bit longer due to social distancing, but we assure you that the customer stream will continue to move quickly and efficiently.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we will be implementing new measures that prioritize the safety of both our customers and our associates. This will include the following modifications:

  • Face masks will be required for all customers entering dining facilities.
  • A floor layout will be followed that allows for social distancing in all operations. Signage on floors will be used to direct customers through dining facilities and queuing areas.
  • One point of entry and exit will be established in each Resident Dining Hall.
    • The entrance to Dougherty Hall will be on the Vasey Hall side of the building.       
    • The entrance to Donahue Hall will be on the Good Counsel Hall side of the building.
  • The use of self-serve stations will be suspended. Most of your food will be served to you by Dining Services staff.
  • All menu items will be served in take-out containers and carryout will be permitted in all dining locations.
  • Limited seating will be available in Resident Dining Halls to allow for social distancing.
  • Additional seating areas will be available on main campus. Stayed tuned for more information on these locations.
  • High-contact areas, including tables and beverage stations, will be disinfected frequently.
  • Extended plexiglass guards will be installed at all points of contact to enhance protection for customers and associates.
  • Staff will be required to wear face masks and gloves at all times.
  • Staff will continue their current practice of frequent handwashing and will be trained to perform their present duties while maintaining social distancing.
  • Contactless card readers will be used at all registers to process meal swipes and Wildcard transactions.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at the entrances to dining facilities.

We know things may look different this year, but our focus remains on continuing to uphold our core values by providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience delivered by friendly, courteous staff. Our managers and associates are always available to assist with any questions you may have while dining.

Please continue to visit our website and our social media pages, as changes may occur throughout the semester. If you have any questions, please contact us at:

We look forward to seeing you again in the Fall!

Thank you,

Villanova Dining Services

Dining Hall Changes for COVID Protection





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