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.


For Cornish College of the Arts residents, please expect to follow the College’s vaccination policies before moving into the building. Please note that the city of Seattle no longer requires proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, indoor entertainment venues, and outdoor events, but some venues may still maintain that requirement independently.


All of our facilities are open. Face masks are now optional but highly encouraged in all parts of the building other than your residential room. 


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



Please anticipate submitting an attestation to your vaccination status on move-in. We will request your dates of vaccination with an authorized vaccine, or a request for a medical exemption due to contraindication for COVID-19 vaccines. Non-medical exemptions are not granted.



Regardless of vaccination status, if you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate according to current CDC guidelines.


Regardless of vaccination status, if you were in close contact with someone who tested positive, you will need to follow current CDC guidelines for masking, quarantine and/or testing.


Residents of Cornish Commons requiring an isolation/quarantine room will be relocated (as necessary) and receive meal and package delivery support during their isolation/quarantine period. If you require an isolation space, please contact the on-call phone number and our staff will assist you.



The Center for Disease Control recommends the use of face masks in public for the protection of yourself and others.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Masking is a critical public health tool and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.
  • Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
  • Wearing a well-fitted mask along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing, helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.

King County recommends that you unvaccinated individuals, immunocompromised individuals, COVID-positive individuals, and individuals exposed within the last 10 days wear high-quality and well-fitting face masks.


For more information on face masks, please visit this King County masking webpage.




  • Handwash regularly
  • Practice social distancing
  • Consistently wear surgical or N95-grade face masks
  • Request that our staff wears a face mask while interacting with you
  • Test yourself for COVID-19 when appropriate
  • Run laundry as needed to clean and remove germs
  • When handwashing is unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
  • Take care of yourself
  • Keep OTC medication on hand
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms and report them if needed
  • Check in with friends, family and loved ones