In addition to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and staying home when you are sick, utilize the following approaches to limit the potential for exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus while eating and drinking.
Choose to eat and drink where there is natural or mechanical ventilation, in order of preference:
Outdoors when possible;
In a private room or office with the door closed.
At a food establishment or unit or department designated eating/drinking space,
Alone at your desk in a shared workspace or study space when no one else is there;
As a last resort, with unmasked time minimized to a short duration, in an open building space where you can distance at least 6 feet from others.
Although, individuals should eat and drink in appropriate or designated spaces, hydration is important and intermittently consuming water or other beverages in a shared workspace, public/common area, or classroom is allowed if you can:
Wash or sanitize your hands before and after touching your mask
Lift or remove your face covering for a brief moment while taking a drink, immediately put your mask back after drinking.