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UPDATED: CoHo and ARC Are Closed

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline on March 18, 2020 in University

Quick Summary

  • Updated 2 p.m. March 17: The CoHo will be closed until at least March 30.
  • The dining commons remain open, but with more space for social distancing.
  • The ARC and all other Campus Recreation programs are closed or canceled.
  • Regular parking permit regulations are not being enforced.

Updated 9:30 a.m. March 18: Cafe Walter announced last night it was closing its coffee shop in the lobby of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts until further notice.


Updated 8:45 a.m. March 18: Unitrans, the ASUCD-city bus service, today moved to Weekend Service, under which buses operate only on the G, K, M, P, Q, O and V-MU lines, starting at 7 a.m. This will continue until at least March 27. Service levels for spring quarter are being reviewed.


Campus eateries and the Activities and Recreation Center are closed as UC Davis complies with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recommendation last night (March 16) to close all restaurants (except for takeout) and gyms.

“We’ve made the decision to close the CoHo, effective today (March 17) at 4 p.m.,” said Darin Schluep, who manages the Coffee House, BioBrew and CoHo South locations for the Associated Students of UC Davis. Those secondary locations are also closed, and all of ASUCD’s eateries will be closed for the rest of this week and next.

Schluep said he hopes to be able to reopen March 30 with a reduced schedule.

The decisions caps an uncertain two days for the CoHo, which earlier today closed its dining room and switched to to-go orders only. A day prior, staff spent time moving tables and chairs to allow for social distancing.

Similarly, all retail eateries operated by Dining Services — the newly reopened Peet’s in the Silo, Scrubs Cafe, the South Silo and elsewhere — have removed all seating and are only available for to-go orders.

Those eateries are also moving self-service stations like salad bars, condiments and utensils behind the counter.

The dining commons remain open to serve students still living on campus, but have adjusted seating to allow for social distancing. Future changes will be noted on the Dining Services website.

ARC closed, Memorial Union open

In response to the governor’s recommendations, Campus Recreation closed all programs and facilities on both the Davis and Sacramento campus, including the 150,000 square foot Activities and Recreation Center. The department provides a full list and more information on its website.

The Memorial Union is open as scheduled for finals week, and will be open 7 a.m.–7 p.m. during spring break (March 23–26, closed March 27–29).

Shields Library has reduced its hours for the next two weeks because of lower demand.

Elsewhere on campus, facilities personnel have set up 50 portable handwashing stations and 10 hand sanitizer dispensers installed in locations like the entrance to Shields Library.

No parking permits required

Regular parking permit requirements are not being enforced until further notice, Transportation Services announced today. However, “restricted spaces, disabled spaces and no parking zones will be enforced,” the department said.

Anyone with a long-term parking permit expiring after April 1 will be eligible for a refund, calculated once enforcement is restarted. Those who pay by payroll deduction will automatically receive a credit, while anyone who purchased a long-term permit online or in-person may return it for a refund calculated in the same way. Instructions for doing so are on the Transportation Services website.

With far fewer cars on campus, Transportation Services has also ended the stack parking service that is usually needed to allow more vehicles to park in certain lots and structures around campus.

Unitrans has reduced service this week, and is operating its usual Break Service next week.

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