Last updated: March 14, 2022

Eating indoors is permitted in all campus buildings in spaces where eating was permitted pre-pandemic.

Food and drinks are once again allowed – and may be provided and consumed – at MIT-sponsored events and meetings, including gatherings held on and off campus.

If you want to reduce your risk, below are some tips for eating and drinking on campus.

Best practices for eating on campus

  • Avoid eating on-the-go, in crowded circulation spaces, and in other public spaces where there tend to be lots of people.
  • When eating with or near others (e.g., at a café), wear a mask and replace your mask after each bite or sip.
  • Enjoy the great outdoors (when the weather permits). MIT continues to encourage dining outdoors whenever possible, especially for unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions.
  • Remember that people may have different comfort levels about eating in a group. If you’re planning a gathering with food, design your event so that those who prefer not to be around unmasked eaters/drinkers can also participate (e.g., stationary furniture arrangement, separate areas for diners and non-diners, etc.).

Additional resources

If you have questions about eating indoors, or any other Covid-related policies, please email