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Conversation Guide for Managing COVID-19 Risks with Housemates

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During this uncertain time, it’s important to keep open lines of communication in the home. We recommend scheduling initial and ongoing house meetings to set expectations and check in with one another.

Use this conversation guide to make sure all members of your household are clear about how you are mitigating risk.


What hygiene/cleaning expectations do we have for ourselves?

Consider creating a cleaning checklist to hold all housemates responsible for disinfecting shared spaces regularly.

What hygiene expectations should we have for all people who enter our home?

Consider establishing an expectation that all who enter the home (housemates/visitors alike) will wash their hands immediately and agree to social distancing (no physical contact, ideally maintaining 6+ ft distance from others)

How do we define an essential visitor? How well do we know our visitors and their hygiene practices?

Consider establishing shared standards to vet any visitors and turn down any visits from people who fail to take proper precautions in their daily lives.

What are the ways we can maintain social distancing in the home?

Consider maintaining empty space between you and your housemate at the dinner table and, if possible, staying 6+ ft apart in shared spaces like the living room and kitchen.

How can we maintain a sanitary dining environment?

Consider keeping your dishes and silverware separate and not sharing any foods that require you to use your hands to distribute.

How can we maintain a sanitary dining environment?

Consider keeping your dishes and silverware separate and not sharing any foods that require you to use your hands to distribute.

How can we minimize trips outside the home?

Consider coordinating and limiting the frequency of grocery runs and errands. Use Nesterly’s Good Neighbors to have a healthy volunteer pick up items for you.

What is our plan of action in the event of infection at home?

Consider defining a quarantine area within your home for the sick housemate, making sure you have the correct protective equipment (face masks, gloves) and identifying the nearest medical center.

What other considerations are important to us as a household?

Consider how to sustainably maintain a level of health and safety in the home.

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