coronavirus in cohousing
From: fernselzer (
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:04:58 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,
 I would like to hear what you are all doing in your communities right now.  I 
hope to go back and listen to the Zoom chat that happened but right then I was 
busy just coping with all the things that are changing.
Especially,  what are you doing to have fun and connect?   I am looking for 
some ideas for things we could do in the courtyard or from our balconies that 
would help us enjoy each others company.  Our balconies all face out on the 
same courtyard.  We are all doing so much on Zoom already, I'd like some other 
optionsAny ideas?
How we have been doing so far:  We are just outside the SF Bay Area in Aptos, 
California so we are in lockdown.
Since we have so many social workers, teachers, and non-profit workers amongst 
us, so far all are keeping their jobs and doing their work on line so, it isn't 
an economic challenge as of yet.  Parents have not been letting their children 
in the CH.   People aren't really getting tests in California, so we must 
assume that some of us are carrying the virus.    Families make their own 
decisions about how they will structure things inside the house, but otherwise, 
everyone is staying 6 feet apart.
We put cleaner and paper towels at various locations in the CH.    I don't 
really think most people are using the CH at this point except for laundry.We 
suspended having guests in the CH guest rooms without getting everyone's 
permission, and so far no one has asked.We are having Sunday dinners, when the 
weather is good, by sitting outside at least 6 feet apart and bringing our own 
food and chairs.   We are conducting meetings on line or by phone.
We are setting up the laundry so that everyone has a day every week, that they 
selected, to do their laundry.   People are to stay out of the laundry room 
unless it is their day.  We have 2 laundry rooms so we have enough for every 
family to have one day.  Also, everyone is to clean all surfaces when done in 
the laundry room.We still run into each other often so we can chat from a 
distance.    I can't see my grandchildren now, who used to come over all the 
time, so I have been loaning out some of their toys and books, for the 
duration, to help our community children have a little more to do.   School 
will be beginning on line tomorrow so that should help.  We also have been 
passing around humorous things that have been going around the internet re 
coronavirus, sheltering in place, etc. Take care everyone......waiting for the 
surge, let's hope its manageable.Thanks
FernNew Brighton Cohousing

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