Re: Re-inhabiting the common house
From: Henning Mortensen (
Date: Mon, 4 May 2020 20:28:02 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Rosewind,
If I were in your situation, with no active cases in your area, provided
you don't have members driving out of your community to go to work in
Portland you should be able to set up your community as a COVID-free zone.
If everyone limits outside exposure and isolates if they feel unwell, you
are likely safe. You would risk one of you becoming infected outside the
community, and spreading it to the rest of you. However, if everyone tries
to stay home. where would an outbreak start? This idea of the cohousing
'household' is an idea that likely won't work in many communities, but it
may work in some of them. The problem is that the devil is in the details.
And of course, welcoming non-members is still a ways off.

Just an idea, I have no medical training, so that may be utter garbage.
Henning Mortensen
Prairie Spruce Commons Cohousing, 1 year in, Regina, Sk

On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 7:59 PM Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]>

> BC— Before Covid— the RoseWind common house was well used. A typical week
> might have a cooked meal on Monday, local choral “Songlines” rehearsal
> Tuesday evening, an art class Wednesday evening. Monthly events were
> English Country Dancing, Fusion (improvisational partner dancing), several
> committee meetings, a Saturday morning potluck brunch, another Saturday a
> business meeting followed by a work party then snacks. From time to time
> house concerts, fundraisers, political slide shows and meetings, movie
> nights, parties, discussion circles.
> A small rec room was used for ping pong and foosball. People came into the
> CH for mail, consulting the calendar/bulletin boards, bathrooms, wifi.
> Hang-out conversations on the porch.
> \
> The front-door keypad locked up overnight.
> Now all events are cancelled, as are in-person meetings. The door is
> locked, and visits are little more than mail pickup.
> We’ve taken stay-home, masks, etc very seriously for about 6 weeks now.
> Our town of 9000 has had no new case for a month. When and how will we once
> again enjoy our common house? Will we need to fear infection from every
> doorknob and light switch? Will we be able to welcome non-members, again,
> to events? Do we wait till some eventual sense of all-clear? Or tiptoe back
> in, armed with disinfectant and caution?
> What are other groups’ thoughts on this?
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> RoseWind Cohousing, 30+ years in, Port Townsend WA
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