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OpenTable Brings Reservation Service to Campus Dining Halls

Online reservation company OpenTable is making its service available to college and university dining facilities free of charge, to help institutions manage socially distanced dining on their campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service allows students to use the OpenTable app or website to book a table in the dining hall much like they would for a local restaurant.

When students navigate to their school's OpenTable profile, they will be able to access menus, safety measures and other information, and then enter their party size and desired dining time, according to a company blog post. If reservations are not available at the requested time and the institution has implemented OpenTable's waitlist function, students can also join an online waitlist to be alerted via text message when a table is ready.

The service has already been rolled out at Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. Norbert College and Bowie State University, the company reported.

For more information, visit the OpenTable site.

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