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University Unions Re-Opening FAQ

Welcome back to University Unions! We are taking several actions to provide the safest environment possible for students and the community. Meaningful opportunities for cultivating community and belonging, and student involvement and development with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion remain essential to the University Unions experience, even with public health informed practices in place. In order to ensure the Unions are open for your use, each of us has a responsibility to protect the health of the Michigan community.

Users of the University Unions need to commit to the following fundamental public health practices. These actions are some of the most powerful things we can do, and they depend on each one of us caring for our community.

  • Wear face coverings at all times while on campus and in the Unions – in the public areas, lounges, food courts, corridors, elevators, and office suites.
  • Put your mask back on immediately after eating.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Limit gathering size.
Are University Unions facilities open?

YES! Any student, faculty, staff or member of our community with a valid MCard may access the Union, League, and Pierpont Commons during operating hours. MCard swipe is available at designated entrances:

  • Michigan Union – North Entrance (across from LSA near circle drive)
  • Michigan League – South Entrance (at circle drive off N. University)
  • Pierpont Commons – Northwest Entrance (near circle drive and Walgreen Drama Center)
What are the hours of operations?

Visit buildings’ websites (listed below) for the current hours of operation. The Unions are open via MCard swipe to anyone with a valid MCard.

What is open?

All Student Life offices and services have continued to operate virtually, and now have in person services available as well.

You can find food and other services available at the Unions! Panda Express, Hibachi San, Ahmos Gyros and Deli, Blue Market and Fireside Cafe are open at Pierpont Commons. Barnes and Noble and University of Michigan Credit Union have open hours as well.

At the Michigan Union, Barnes and Noble, University of Michigan Credit Union, UM Tech Shop, Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, Panera Bread, Panda Express, MI Burger, Subway and Blue Market are open. See for current hours.

Individual study seats are available in all University Union buildings and can be reserved up to 90 minutes at a time and up to seven days in advance:

Will masks/face coverings be required?

Yes! Per the Maize and Blueprint, face coverings are required on U-M’s campus including outside and inside facilities. As we implement significant steps to improve health and safety, we also need your help to protect all members of our community. face coverings, such as disposable masks or cloth face coverings, must be worn by all individuals at all times in public areas. This includes lounges, study lounges, food courts, hallways, stairwells, office suites and elevators.

What sanitization/safety protocols are in place?

Our facilities team will be using enhanced cleaning protocols as recommended by the CDC throughout University Unions, especially high-touch areas like door handles, flat surfaces, elevators, and handrails. Deep cleaning of spaces will occur overnight. Meeting rooms will be cleaned between each use. Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly with techniques proven effective against viral transmission. Visitors to University Unions also have a role to play in limiting virus transmission through frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, wearing a face covering, and maintaining at least 6 feet distance from others.

You will notice that plexiglass has been added to the Campus Information desk as well as several other reception areas as added protection. For everyone’s safety, please do keep the plexiglass between you and the staff at the desk, even if it may seem a little unnatural.

Are lounges and food courts reopen?

These spaces have reopened with significant public health informed practices implemented. Furniture was reduced and the remaining furniture repositioned to allow for physical distancing and decreased capacity. Capacity of spaces is posted. We encourage you to use mobile-ordering and pick-up for food vendors. You can find their apps in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store. As we do everything we have put in place protections for health and safety, we also need your help to protect all members of our community so please refrain from moving furniture. For the community’s safety, please put your mask back on immediately after eating.

Michigan Dining also has an outpost location on the first floor of the Michigan Union for students with meal plans. The same food options are available as those at dining halls.

Is the IdeaHub open for Student Organizations?

During the academic term, the IdeaHub is open with limited capacity for student organizations on weekday evenings and on weekends. On weekdays prior to 5:00pm, the IdeaHub serves as an open study space for students. Similar to lounges and food courts, some furniture in the large co-working space of the IdeaHub has been removed. Remaining furniture has been repositioned to allow for physical distancing and decreased capacity. Please do not move furniture. IdeaHub meeting rooms also have decreased capacities. The IdeaHub movement studios are closed at least through the first four weeks of fall semester, any future adjustments will follow public health guidance. The Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) will have staff presence on weekday evenings and weekends to support students in the IdeaHub. The IdeaHub student organization learning and development programming this fall is virtual. Contact CCI at, 734-763-5900, or via chat on

As a student, how do I get involved in campus activities and student organizations?

The Center for Campus Involvement, located in the Michigan Union, is available to help Michigan students get involved! With a hybrid in-person and remote academic year, the CCI is offering public health-informed community building programs and services, leadership development opportunities, and ways to connect students with one or more of the University of Michigan’s 1600 student organizations. You can also go to Maize Pages to search for active student organizations. Sign up for the CCI Newsletter and/or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We look forward to your leadership this year, and we are here to support you!

Go Blue!


Will there be capacity limits?

Yes, capacity limits will follow State of Michigan Executive Orders and CDC guidance for group size. Seating in each room will be configured with twelve feet of distance between seats. Aisleways will be wider, and there will be additional spacing for tables with people stationed at them such as buffet tables and registration tables. These new configurations will significantly decrease the room capacities from the stated fire code capacity. No matter the size of the meeting room, no meetings or events will exceed the gathering size limitations as dictated by U-M, local ordinances and the Governor.

Should in-person team meetings be discouraged even if social distancing?

Yes, in person meetings are discouraged. We recognize not all University and student activities can be done virtually and we all miss seeing each other in-person. If having an in-person meeting is critical, consider everything you can do to reduce risk and offer a hybrid option of joining virtually. Our Conference & Event Services team is ready to assist you.

Can my event/meeting still be catered?

Yes! MCatering will continue to offer a robust variety of menu options to meet dietary preferences. The service style may be different than you are used to, for instance, servers will be wearing face coverings and items that were previously self-serve (beverages, buffets) will now be served by MCatering staff. Group size restrictions, physical distancing and other public health considerations may impact the level of available catering.

Inn at the Michigan League

Is the Inn at the Michigan League reopen?

The Inn at the Michigan League is closed until July 2021 due to declines in U-M travel and hospitality needs as a result of COVID-19. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this causes to your travel plans.

How can I make a reservation for a special event, such as, Football 2021, Art Fair, etc?

Thank you for your interest in staying with us during one of our special event weekends on campus. Updated information regarding special event weekends such as Graduation, Art Fair, and Football will be posted on our website in early February. If you would like to be notified of any updates regarding these weekends, please join our notification email list.

How can I make a reservation for travel plans taking place after July 1, 2020.

The Inn’s staff will continue to monitor email and phone messages. Please continue to send your requests to You can expect a response within three business days. We will continue to monitor and adapt to the ever changing nature of the pandemic. Updates will be posted on our website at as reopening plans are determined.