Catering, Events & Meetings

In-person on- or off-campus BU-sponsored events and meetings are required to have a Host who will serve as the primary contact and oversee attendee compliance with BU COVID-19 protocols. “Host” refers to the BU department sponsoring the event or meeting. Please contact Events & Conferences for additional guidance.

All events

  • A Host representative must be present to ensure that each attendee follows the BU required protocols.
  • Hosts are responsible for ensuring the placement of proper signage in visible locations before events.
  • Hosts are encouraged to use the largest meeting space available.
  • Additional hand sanitizers should be available for all attendees and will be provided by BU Facilities for on-campus events and by the venue operator for off-campus events.

Indoor events

  • Attendees must wear face coverings when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Signage and table tents stating BU’s face-covering policy must be conspicuously displayed on all buffet/guest tables. Table tents are provided by Catering on the Charles for all catered events.
  • Hosts are encouraged to space out dine-in seating.
  • Hosts and attendees are encouraged to consider social distancing during their interactions.

Outdoor events

  • Face coverings are not required.
  • Please consider planning outdoor events whenever possible. 

Catering on the Charles

Catering on the Charles has the following additional policies:

  • Hand-passed hors d’oeuvres are not available at this time.
  • Self-serve buffets are available, subject to the following guidance:
    • Attendees must wear face coverings while serving themselves.
    • Catering service staff must be available for enhanced cleaning and rotation of sanitized serving utensils.
    • Hand sanitizers must be placed at the start of the service line.
    • Silverware must be wrapped and placed at the end of the service line.
  • The venue operator and caterer for off-campus catered events must follow the catering guidance noted above.

Please contact Catering on the Charles if you have additional questions or concerns.