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June 5, 2020

Here's a high-level summary of this week's activities from some of the Safe Together, Strong Together (ST2) planning initiative Task Force:

Safe Together, Strong Together Phase 2 approved

Officials at Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) approved the Safe Together, Strong Together Phase 2 opening plan. The plan includes opening of CMU's University Center, Outdoor Program, Admissions Office and Student Welcome Center, El Pomar Natatorium, The Maverick Innovation Center and Eureka! Math and Science Center.

University Center

The University Center (UC) will reopen and be operational from 7:30am-5pm beginning June 3 with limited usage by external (non-CMU) parties until July 31. Staff are working with a small number of external clients to test protocols and procedures in preparation for fully opening in August. Currently, capacity is limited up to 50% with social distancing intact, and meeting rooms have been modified to maintain social distancing guidelines. Building visitors are required to use face coverings, practice social distancing and Facilities Services will conduct daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces.

The lobby, Information Desk, Student Life area and offices, meeting rooms, Meyer Ballroom, administrative suites, Career Services and Parking Services are open with appropriate signage and protocols in place. The MAVcard Office continues to be virtually open ( In early August, all UC spaces will open for broader public use including the Bookcliff Seating Area. The Game Room and The Point will open August 14, the Friday before school begins.

Outdoor Program

The CMU Outdoor Program is open for gear rentals. Gear can be reserved online and then picked up curbside at the Outdoor Program from 9am-1pm.

Admissions Office and Student Welcome Center

The Admissions Welcome Center is operational Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm. Tours are conducted by appointment only Monday through Saturdays with only one family at a time to minimize any large crowds. Staff and guests will be required to wear cloth face masks, practice social distancing and utilize best hygiene practices.

El Natatorium and Rec Center Locker Rooms

The Hamilton Recreation Center reopened under the Safe Together, Strong Together Phase 1. The El Pomar Natatorium will open under Phase 2.

The natatorium will open Monday-Friday from 6am-4:30pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9am-6pm. The 10 short-course lanes (alternate lanes) are open with capacity limited to fewer than 50%, and a maximum of 15 people will be allowed on deck. Household members may share lanes, and we request that all members limit their use to 45-minute maximums. Diving boards will remain closed. Viewing area (stands) will be open on a limited capacity basis.

Locker rooms and showers will be available in limited capacity. No more than six people total showering and/or changing at one time (two per section of lockers). If two people are in the section with your locker, please move to another space at least six feet away. No towel service will be offered, please bring your own. No pool equipment will be available for use (kickboards, fins, etc.) and no day-use lockers will be available on the pool deck. Please rent a locker in the locker room if you wish to store belongings.

The lobby is closed to gatherings, no snack/beverages will be sold and drinking fountains will be covered for your safety. Please bring your own bottle for touchless water bottle filling stations.

Maverick Innovation Center

The Maverick Innovation Center will reopen to staff and guests. Fewer than 10 people will be allowed to use the innovation center at one time throughout the summer. Details and protocols for the Go@CMU event that is typically held the weekend before classes start in August remains TBD.

Food Services

A detailed restart plan for CMU foodservice operations was reviewed and approved by the ST2 medical contributors and advisors. Focused on best practices to maintain the health and safety of students and campus community, the plan outlines preventive measures and protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The plan is based on current MCPH guidance for social distancing and seating capacity; and would be updated for any changes from MCPH. Among the operational modifications are:

  • All self-service platforms will be staffed for full service
  • Seating and traffic flows modified to promote at least 6-feet social distancing and limit capacity to those set by public health guidelines
  • Expanding our "Simply to Go" options at retail locations
  • Contingency plans for using outdoor locations for seating/serving weather permitting
  • Evaluating a mobile ordering app enabling ordering and pick-up
  • Eliminating events held in The Caf

CMU contracts with Sodexo Inc. to deliver foodservice programs on campus. Sodexo has been the past recipient of the Mesa County Health Department Blue Ribbon Award. This award is provided to facilities that go above and beyond to ensure the highest quality of services, proactive procedures, and high health and safety standards. Sodexo uses the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems endorsed by National Restaurant Association for managing food safety, handling and training.