• COVID-19 Updates
  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

    Latest Updates as of July 8

    A Message From CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan

    I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. With our California, Texas, and Singapore students already back on their respective campuses for several weeks, I’m happy to share an update on our New York students’ return.

    • On-campus Spring Semester lab courses will resume August 10. Students needing to complete their spring lab courses will return to campus August 7–9.
    • Spring Semester will conclude August 29. There will be a one-week break before the start of Fall Semester; students who have already returned to campus are encouraged to remain on-campus during that week.
    • Fall Semester will begin as planned September 8. Students not already returned to campus for the completion of the Spring Semester, along with incoming students, will move into campus September 4–7.

    As you may be aware, The State of New York is requiring all travelers entering New York from a state with a high COVID-19 infection rate to quarantine for a period of 14 days. You can find a current list of affected states here.

    If you are traveling to New York from one of these states, the CIA expects you to abide by the Governor’s Executive Order, which could mean spending 14 days in a state not included in the Governor’s order prior to returning to New York, or quarantining for 14 days upon arrival in New York. Specific details can be found on the student portal on options for quarantining as well as dates when you can begin move-in for your start date.

    If you are not traveling from an affected state, the move-in dates previously communicated (August 7–9 for most students for the spring semester and September 4–7 for all students for the fall semester) will remain. More move-in details will be sent in the next few weeks.

    All students are encouraged to keep in mind, states included in the Governor’s Executive Order are subject to change. The CIA will update the list of affected States in the FAQs if the list of states changes. It is your responsibility to monitor these potential changes so please continue to check the FAQs.

    Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, the CIA may modify this plan, as necessary, to comply with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as New York Executive Orders and Mandates. Students, faculty, and staff should continue to check their CIA e-mail and the portal for the latest updates and information.

    As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. As such, our campus restaurants and public programs will remain closed for the time being and outside visitors are not permitted on campus. Below, you will find additional details on this, as well as specific health and safety protocols.

    Reopening Plan

    On-campus classes will resume in Hyde Park, NY August 10 for students completing their spring semester lab classes.

    Our reopening plan, CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability for Everyone)—focuses on ensuring the health and safety of our entire campus community—students, faculty, and staff. The following highlights some of its core components:

    Reducing Density

    CIA academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) will remain closed to the public and other visitors until further notice. This includes outside guests and visitors to residence halls.

    • Access to Campus. Only enrolled students, their faculty, and a small number of staff members who are required to be present for essential student services will be permitted on campus. All offices will continue to be available to students remotely, and faculty will offer virtual office hours.
    • Dining Room Protocols. In our dining rooms, we will follow state guidelines for physical distancing and manage density through reduced seating capacity, not offer self-service food utensils, eliminate displays of food for self-service, and remove all salt, pepper, and condiments (which will be provided upon request). The use of shared beverage equipment (coffee/tea stations) has been discontinued.
    • Overcrowding. To avoid overcrowding, we will limit capacity based on state and county guidelines and best practices. This will apply to lecture rooms, dining rooms, teaching kitchens, common areas, learning strategy centers, and anywhere else where our community might gather.
    • Physical Distancing. To ensure physical distancing, floors will be taped at six-foot intervals where any lines may form, including all teaching kitchens. Wherever possible, physical assets such as tables and chairs will be aligned with distancing protocols.

    Safety Precautions

    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Students and employees will be required to wear masks in all classrooms, labs, and common areas. Masks are recommended in outdoor areas such as the grounds and parking areas. We will provide masks to students, and they will also be permitted to bring/wear their own cloth masks. Gloves will also be available for use on request in all teaching kitchens for lab-work, and hand-washing will be emphasized with the recommendation that everyone wash their hands at least every 30 minutes.
    • Teaching Kitchens and Bakeshops. Our teaching kitchens and bakeshops will be taped at six-foot intervals. Due to the crossover nature of these working environments, the CIA will require the wearing of masks with additional separation achieved through the use of protective face shields (which will be provided)
    • Cleanliness and Sanitation. Antimicrobial wipes/hand-sanitizing stations will be set-up in lecture rooms, dining rooms, kitchens/bakeshops, common areas, and other high-traffic areas. In addition, we have established enhanced protocols for offices, classrooms, entry/exits, and kitchens/bakeshops.

    Personal Health and Well-Being

    • Pre-Return Health Screening. The CIA at Greystone and the CIA San Antonio students, faculty, and staff will receive a questionnaire via e-mail prior to returning to campus which will ask basic questions about their health and any potential exposure to COVID-19. Following submission of the form, if necessary, CIA will require them to follow-up with their local healthcare provider to receive clearance to return to campus. In addition, they will be required to sign and return a Pledge acknowledging their commitment to adhering to the health and safety protocols outlined by the CIA. Hyde Park, NY students, faculty, and staff will receive similar materials closer to the reopening of their campus.
    • Daily Checkpoints. Students, faculty, and staff will undergo daily health screenings, including temperature checks, prior to entry. If cleared, they will receive a daily “badge” and be allowed to enter. If an elevated temperature is detected, the individual will be prohibited from entering campus and advised of your options for seeking healthcare.
    • Testing, Tracking, and Treating. Working with local and state governments in its respective locations, the CIA is prepared to implement testing and tracking protocols for students, faculty, and staff exhibiting symptoms from COVID-19, or for those who believe they may have been exposed. Quarantine protocols have also been put in place, and more details will be provided during an orientation session when students return to campus.


    • Accepted students should visit our Accepted Students page for the latest information.
    • Admissions counselors are hosting online and social media-based events to answer questions from future CIA students and their parents. Check out our Virtual Campus Visits and Events page for online tours, info sessions, and more!
    • For prospective students and their parents, we are here to assist you through the application and enrollment process during this challenging time. We want to make sure you have all the information and support you need. You can reach out to admissions@culinary.edu or contact your individual admissions counselor or enrollment manager. While working remotely, the team is still available to answer your questions and/or connect you with other campus resources.
    • If your college plans have been impacted by COVID or the closure of another college, the CIA is here to support you. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020. Whether you're a first-time freshman or a transfer student, we can keep your education on track. Please reach out to us at admissions@culinary.edu or schedule a one-on-one meeting with our admission team.


    • To protect the health and safety of our campus community, all restaurants on CIA’s academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) remain closed to guests until further notice. All special dining events have been canceled and guests notified. Any guests who prepaid for special dining events have been refunded.
    • CIA Gift Cards for future use can be purchased online.
    • Grove, casual outdoor dining at the Colavita Olive Grove Terrace and Outdoor Kitchen—located at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa, CA—is open with a special Garden Supper prix fixe menu. To book reservations, visit our website.
    • Savor at the CIA San Antonio is open for curbside takeout, Monday–Friday, from 4:30–7:30 p.m.

    Food Enthusiast Programs

    • Food enthusiast programs at all CIA academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) have been canceled and guests have been notified and provided an opportunity to transfer their registration to another class or Boot Camp once we open or have the course fees refunded to a CIA Gift Card.
    • For Food enthusiast programs at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa, please refer to our website for the most up-to-date information.

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