Re: coronavirus in cohousing
From: Fiona Frank (
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2020 16:14:20 -0700 (PDT)
good to hear from you.
Here in Lancaster Cohousing UK, we did some socially distant Tai Chi on the
CH terrace this morning and yesterday.. It was sunny and the birds were
singing despite everything.
We have an emergency COVID team meeting regularly (by Zoom) and the Common
Areas Service team are working closely with them .  We sound pretty much
like you. We have ten or eleven out of 66 people here who have compromised
immune systems for various reasons so they are self isolating and some of
us are still doing social distancing, having occasional meals sitting far
apart - last week inside, this week outside.
All visiting has stopped like you.
We happen to have a brilliant Knowledge Manager who's an expert in helping
people to use Zoom and Slack, and just before this started we swapped all
our communications from Email to Slack. She has been brilliant atdoing
little how-to videos to bring everyone on board.    We also have a nurse
who is working in the local hospital on training health service staff on
wearing safe protective clothing; he's been really helpful when i needed
informaiton about whether it's useful or not to wear surgical gloves (he
says NO, they spread infection cos they make you feel you're safe - better
to wash your hands more often).
We're thinking of a 30 Day Art Challenge....a Zoom wine tasting....  any
other ideas?

On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 at 23:05, Fern Selzer/US/CA/95003/NBC via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> 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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