As we continue to push through COVID-19 we encourage all to be good neighbors and help those around you. Below are some suggestions on how EVERYONE can help EVERYONE:
1) 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝/𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧’𝐭 𝐲𝐞𝐭. A very easy way to make yourself available to neighbors is simply putting a handwritten note on your door. Include your name, phone number and/or email address, and, if applicable, your apartment number, plus a message that people can call/text you if they want to connect or need help.
2) 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 “𝐢𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟” 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭. Set out a notepad in a common area and encourage people to write their name, phone number, apartment/house number and whatever specific item(s) they need to it. You could also do this digitally via Google Docs or a similar program.
3) 𝐀𝐬𝐤 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬’ 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Some may say they have friends or family members checking on them, but it’s worth asking.
4) 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐭𝐨, 𝐬𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧. While social distance is good and important in order to protect our individual and collective health, you should make a point to be a friend to your neighbors in the coming days and weeks. Whether through a call, text, FaceTime, Skype or an in-person meeting (at least six feet away), talking is important.
5) 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐲𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐞, 𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬. You’re probably getting better about washing your hands with soap and water by now, and are especially diligent after trips outside. Start washing your hands before and after you go out as well as sanitizing hard surfaces.