Cornish Commons COVID-19 Response


Updated July 10, 2021

City University of Seattle and Cornish Commons are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the Seattle area. While this is an ever-evolving situation, vaccination rates are high in Seattle and COVID-19 case counts and deaths decreasing at a hopeful pace. Please know that we are doing our best to keep you informed of changes as they occur and we will work with you to best accommodate your needs. The health and safety of our community is, as always, our first priority.


We are taking our guidance from the US Center for Disease Control, Washington State Department of Health, and King County Department of Public Health.


When in public, keep 6 feet (1.8 meters) between yourself and other people. Wash your hands frequently (using soap and scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds before rinsing), especially upon returning home, prior to eating, and after using the bathroom. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow to keep germs from spreading.


COVID-19 vaccines are easily accessible in Seattle currently. All residents are highly encouraged to get vaccinated. If you need help finding a vaccine location or making an appointment, please email for assistance. Beginning Fall Quarter 2021, all residents will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Certain exemptions for religious, medical, or philosophical reasons are permitted. For information about vaccination exemption, contact


Additionally, guest and visitor sign-in will not be allowed until further notice.


At this time, Cornish Commons residents are expected to wear a face covering when they are outside of their assigned residential room and when entering Nellie’s Cafe. Please direct questions about exceptions and instructions to


Am I required to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I live in the residence hall?

At this time, we strongly recommend that all residents get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is easily available throughout Seattle. Beginning Fall Quarter 2021, all residents will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Please direct questions about exceptions and instructions to

What should I do if I am feeling ill?

What is the difference between social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine?

What will happen if I need to self-isolate or quarantine?

Where can I buy food? Is the student café open?

Is Cornish Commons closing? I see a lot of Cornish students leaving.

Can I still use the 20th floor?