Last Revised: March 15, 2022

Issued 12/22/20

MaskUpenn link added 2/10/21

Reissued 8/6/21

Rescinded 3/15/22

EHRS provides these best practices to ensure that the Penn community can take nourishment while at work and safely use conference and other shared rooms. 


Indoor Eating Locations 

  • Eat outside where possible.

  • Only eat in indoor areas designated by your school or center.   

  • Designated break areas should, where feasible, be separated from work areas with floor to ceiling walls.  Conference rooms, private offices and break rooms are ideal locations for eating areas.  

  • Managers should determine the ventilation rate and filter efficiency for the locations before using them as eating areas.  (Contact your building administrator).  Consider adding a HEPA room filtration unit in areas with less than 6 AC/H.

  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance - or more - from others while unmasked.  

  • Approved seating locations should be labeled.  Seating should be distributed so that employees do not face each other.  The maximum occupancy should be posted on the door to the eating area.  Do not move chairs or tables. 

  • Minimize the time you are unmasked.  Eat quickly, re-mask and leave the eating area.  Do not read, work on a computer or engage in conversations while unmasked. 

  • Sanitize the table and other contact areas both before and after use.  Disinfect any surfaces you contact during use (i.e., doors, sink faucet, microwave buttons).  Use the disinfectant wipe to open the door and disinfect the handle as you leave. 

  • Post MaskUpenn in all eating locations.

Use of Conference Rooms 

Employees should remain masked while working in a conference room unless the conference room is dedicated for their sole use.  Staff who have uploaded their vaccination Information into workday may be unmasked when 6 feet distance can be maintained.   



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