Re: Making policy during COVID and COVID transitions
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2020 12:54:49 -0700 (PDT)
We have not made any covid rules.  The idea pops up but no one has made a
proposal to come to consensus on.

Our common house was never closed—several people need it for work as they
try to find quiet places for meetings with a house full of kids.

The fitness team did change to having folk sign-up to use the space, and
one family at high risk has asked that everyone wear a mask even if alone
in the mailroom/hub. As best I can tell folk are following that.

Another person asked for people’s to sign up for even casual common house
uses, this allows others to decide if the space is safe for them.

Meals team recently instituted an optional “eat-in” choice for meals—only a
few people do this and mostly outside on the porch.

Everyone follows the mask if you are closer than 6’, avoid large groups
guidelines most of the time.

I was assisting a parent with a temper tantrum the other day and asked the
child if I could take off my mask. They paused the tantrum to say clearly
“no! Covid” before continuing the tantrum. So I guess we are doing okay.

Mosaic commons Cohousing, Berlin, MA
Where we have no cases but the next town over is a hot spot.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 5:12 PM Fern Selzer/US/CA/95003/NBC via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Our community, New Brighton Cohousing in Aptos, CA has recently been
> transitioning into more usage of the common house, after many months of
> minimal usage.  We are also having more community activities.     I am
> imagining that we will  need to keep gradually transitioning and changing
> our usage rules.  I am wondering how  we can have a more fluid approach to
> policy change that actually works and does not burden people with too many
> emails and conversations, etc.
> We have been making decisions by the whole community, which has made any
> transitions really slow.  So....some people had loosened up in anticipation
> as things felt safer, while others were careful to follow the rules until
> formally changed, which led to some bad feelings between those groups.
> Other discomforts were for those with preexisting conditions or older; not
> trusting that  rules are being followed by others caused them to be more
> withdrawn or reluctant to participate in community activities.
> I'm thinking you are all having similar issues to navigate and I request
> any thoughts or suggestions.
> Thanks,
> Fern
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(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

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