Cornish Commons COVID-19 Response


Updated November 16, 2020 10:00am

City University of Seattle and Cornish Commons are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the Seattle area. This is an ever-evolving situation and things change rapidly. 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.


Students should practice social distancing by not spending time in community lounges or visiting the rooms of other students. To discourage use of community lounges, the furniture has been removed from floor social lounges. The 20th floor community spaces are closed except for laundry. If the closure of the 20th floor shared kitchen severely impacts your ability to eat, please email to discuss your specific needs.


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


Effective May 18, 2020, King County has issued a directive that all residents should wear a face mask or covering in both indoor and outdoor settings when 6 feet (1.8 meters) of distance between people cannot be maintained. 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


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?

Can I spend time in the social lounge on my residential floor?

What do I do if I am uncomfortable having a roommate during this time?

Can I travel during the COVID-19 outbreak?

I don’t have any symptoms. Do I really need to worry about this?