Breakrooms, Kitchens, and Kitchenettes

Breakrooms, kitchens, and kitchenettes support legally required breaks for many employees at Stanford. During the pandemic, Santa Clara County is emphasizing the importance of limiting access to breakrooms and break areas to the extent possible, and especially limiting eating and drinking in these spaces, in order to inhibit transmission of the virus. If you currently ‘break in place’, please continue to do so, just ensure you complete your break in a socially distanced manner.

Employees may use microwaves, refrigerators, and other appliances in break areas, but eating areas are not for socializing. Employees should wear face coverings and observe a 6-foot minimum distance when entering break areas for these purposes. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before using appliances. Clear signage should be provided in the break area to support these requirements.

View the updated Breakroom protocol PDF here.

Building managers may order updated break room and kitchenette signage through the stay safe toolkit above.

**This rule applies to Santa Clara County only, although the principles of this order are helpful and may be observed in other Stanford locations. Breaks should be conducted in a socially distanced manner, and workers should eat alone.