Living with roommates, family, and others

Talk with your household to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Talk with your household

Coronavirus is very contagious. We share the risk of infection most closely with the people we live with. It is important to have an honest conversation. You must share expectations for hygiene, going outside, and physical distancing

Involve both children and older adults in your home with these best practices. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a Household Action Plan you can also use.

Protect your household

Do not have visitors or others inside your home, which includes cleaning services. You or your landlord must not add new members to your household during the pandemic.

If you live in an apartment building, do not visit common indoor recreational spaces, like apartment gyms. 

You can use outdoor common spaces at your apartment building if you wear a face covering and stay 6 feet apart from others. You still cannot gather with people who do not live with you. You also should not use shared equipment or furniture, like barbecue grills.

Create a shared emergency contact list. Make sure to include information about the nearest hospital.

Consider creating a quarantine area within your home for people who are sick.

Coordinate errands and services

Coordinate errands, such as trips to the grocery store or pharmacy. Have 1 healthy member of the household pick up items for everyone.

Agree to physical distancing when leaving the house.

Consider how to interact safely while getting essential services like:

  • Getting groceries or medicine
  • Getting mail
  • Interacting with delivery people

Share your knowledge

Have conversations with friends and loved ones by phone. Encourage them to take coronavirus precautions seriously.

See guidance about safer social interactions during the pandemic.

For people in congregate housing settings

Last updated June 05, 2020