Our staff is paying close attention to resident concerns, Washington state guidelines, and Cornish leadership as we cope with the current pandemic. We are continually evaluating our options and considering what is necessary to ensure the safety of our residents and our communities. 


To keep you informed on our current status and progress, please watch this page and pay close attention to any emails we may send you. Thank you!



Our building follows higher education and school housing guidelines, which may differ from guidelines for other housing or local businesses. We will continue to take any necessary measures to ensure healthy and safe communities for our residents and staff. Our team is tracking and evaluating local King County updates on a regular basis, and we will inform residents directly when our protocols change. 


Vaccination is required for all residents. Please plan accordingly and expect to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before move-in. Guest restrictions are currently being reworked and will also require proof of vaccination. Thank you!


Please note that the city of Seattle currently requires proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, indoor entertainment venues, and outdoor events. 


For more detail on our currently implemented measures, please continue to read below. 


Building CLosures

Amenity Status Other Information
20th Floor Lounge Limited Please follow all posted instructions. 
20th Floor Kitchen Limited

Please follow all posted instructions. Cooking and preparing food is allowed, but please return to your room to eat or drink anything.

MicroFridges (combination mini-fridge and microwave) are provided to standard rooms. Kitchenette room upgrades can be made on request depending on availability. 

Laundry Room Open Please follow social distancing guidelines during use.
Floor Lounges Limited Please follow all posted instructions. 
Fitness Room Limited Reservations may be made by one resident at a time. Please follow all posted instructions. 
Practice Rooms Limited
One 20th floor practice room is currently open. Other practice rooms remain closed. Reservations are available for 1-hour sessions on CourseDog and are still subject to several limitations. These limitations allow us to disinfect our practice room regularly. Please visit our open 20th floor practice room for more details.  
20th Floor Deck Open  7AM – 11PM only. Face coverings must be worn at all times. Food and beverages are not allowed. Max occupancy: four (4) individuals. 
1st & 2nd Floor Lounges Closed  
On-Call Phone Open Our protocols now reflect social distancing measures, but we are always on call and available to help.
Welcome Desk Open
Our staff is available to assist you. You may also email or call us for regular residential needs and concerns.

INformation & Guidelines

CDC COVID-19 Quick Facts
Download for some quick information from the Center for Disease Control about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is relevant to you and our community.
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Cornish Commons strongly recommends following handwashing guidelines as a primary way of preventing the transmission of illness. Handwashing should be performed frequently, especially after being in public or touching shared surfaces.


For more information about handwashing, please visit this CDC webpage.



The Center for Disease Control currently recommends the use of face coverings for the protection of yourself and others. 


All individuals must wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when they will be at (1) indoor public settings, or (2) outdoor public locations and cannot maintain distancing of approximately six feet from another individual who does not share their household. Individuals should use face coverings such as cloth face masks, disposable face masks, scarves and bandana coverings. With regard to this directive, residents should consider their residential room to be their household.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Our common spaces in the building count as "public" for the purposes of this guideline.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings can be made by hand, whether sewn or made from a common item such as a handkerchief or t-shirt. If possible, Cornish Commons recommends using one to the best of your ability. 


For more information on using and making face coverings, please visit this CDC webpage. 



Our staff is following social distancing measures for the protection of our community, and we encourage our residents to do the same. Social distancing means:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Activities and areas of the building which encourage social gathering are currently being closed or restricted at this time. The building is equipped with strong Wi-Fi that will support remote work and remote study needs, such as teleconferencing. 


We thank all of you who are doing your best to prevent the potential transmission of illness within our community.



Our regular welcome desk services are available. When appropriate, we still recommend that you reach out to us remotely. You can Email us any time at You can also call us at 206.315.5852 or use the on-call phone number provided to you at move-in.



Regarding sanitization and COVID-19, residents will not be able to check out supplies from our desk. On an “as-needed” basis, residents should report emergency cleaning needs such as major spills or dangerous scenarios such as broken glass to the 24-hour On-Call phone. Otherwise, residents are currently expected to supply their own cleaning supplies and vacuums.



When a resident self-reports symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test, or possible exposure to COVID-19, several procedures go into effect immediately as we:


• Connect Cornish residents with Student Life to perform contact tracing

• Determine if resident needs to move into a quarantine room and floor

• If resident is moving, providing gloves and sanitation of surfaces afterward

• If resident has roommate, contact roommate and provide relevant information in addition to the reporting resident

• Provide information regarding meal and package delivery

• Provide information for COVID-19 testing, as well as OneMed and NellieCare

• Provide cleaning supplies to both reporting resident and roommate


If you as a resident believe these measures are necessary, please self-report your circumstances as quickly as possible using the On-Call 24-Hour phone line, or by email. 




Please contact us to learn more about our current guest restrictions. These policies are fluid and dictated by our building's need for the safety of our community. They may include restriction of all guests, limited guest access with required proof of vaccination, and other limitations.


Additionally, residents are not allowed to have more than one resident visit them in their rooms. If a resident visits another room, all occupants must wear face coverings for the full duration of the visit. 




  • Handwash regularly (see above guidelines)
  • Practice social distancing
  • Clean with soap and water before disinfecting
  • Pay special attention to cleaning commonly used surfaces
  • Run laundry as needed to clean and remove germs
  • Wear gloves and open windows while using disinfectants
  • When handwashing is unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
  • Take care of yourself
  • Check in with friends, family and loved ones through remote means


  • Practicing handwashing, social distancing, and other CDC recommendations
  • Waiting at least 7 days before entering and cleaning vacant rooms
  • Increasing frequency of disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout the building
  • Cleaning and disinfecting resources such as blue bins
  • Creating move-out and move-in protocols that encourage social distancing and prevent crowding
  • Providing single-occupancy rooms
  • Working remotely where possible
  • Training staff on necessary cleaning techniques