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Are people still hosting these days?

Hi WS community,

I am hoping to do a bicycle tour this summer around the US (starting in Seattle), and wondering if anyone is still hosting guests during these uncertain times. I understand not wanting strangers in your homes right now. Just curious. 

Sincerely,
Candace

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Hosting during Covid19

We hosted our first guest in the end of March. It was a little weird to be extending hospitality to our first Warm Showers guest just when a pandemic was starting to hit. We have a basement guest room and bathroom. We offered our guest an extra night because of bad weather and had a couple meals (appropriately distanced) on our front porch. I would imagine that most Warm Showers hosts would be willing to host. But maybe with some modifications to the way they have hosted in the past.Good luck getting on the road!

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Hosting during Covid19

I just updated our profile, if you make it east to New York you will be welcomed with a Spagehtti dinner and CDC regulation open arms. Bike on. 

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Hosting

I am hosting dependent on local restrictions. Have had 5 cyclist stay so far this year. If you make it to Montana let me know. If anything, at the least I will provide a place to set up a tent in the yard.

Curtis

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Wisconsin Hosting

We are still hosting, but have had only one set of guests so far (cross country cyclists).  Our lodging is separate from our house, so we can easily social distance from guests, and we can leave it empty as needed before deep cleaning.  

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not really

I have made a first short trip in EStrie and could find host but in Lanaudiere and Laurentides it is mostly impossible unfortunatly.
For not wasting time some members would have to notice it and not talking about those who only use it as host and never accept any guest ... sharing is something that is bilateral ...

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We are not hosting right now

We are not hosting right now during Corona because our house gives no opportunity for social distancing. 
Neither are we traveling because of the virus. Too much unknown about the virus and we know young and fit people who became very ill and still are not recovered. And also three fit persons who died. So therefore very careful. Hope this all is over soon. 

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We are not hosting for the duration.

It makes me very sad to say this, as I love hosting, and have defined myself as a traveler since my early 20's, but we will neither be hosting nor traveling ourselves for more than a brief out-and-back overnight for the duration. The more I learn about this virus, the less I am willing to risk it, and our space is not big enough for effective social distancing. With respect to Covid, bike touring is probably the safest way to travel, and I understand that in other countries, there are effective testing and contact tracing policies that have cut transmission levels to a rate where travel is a reasonable choice, but I'm afraid there's not much chance of that in the US until after January 20, 2021.

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Oops. Sorry for the double post.

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I've been hosting along the

I've been hosting along the Great Divide in Montana. Numbers are way down this year, but I've had 7 guests so far and 1 arriving this weekend. My place offers plenty of space for social distancing, plus I'm fairly clean and introverted, so I feel it's a fairly safe haven if bike traveller's need a place for a night or two. 

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Still hosting

We are not hosting, out of concern for the risks.  Attitudes seem to differ by country.  The USA seems less concerned than others, but with more virus.  My partner is more concerned than am I, so we need to follow the more restrictive of our two responses.

In France, I am planning a tour, but will use camping grounds rather than WS.

I think that anyone wanting to use WS should have a strategy re the virus (distancing, masks, etc) , and tell the prospective host about it when requesting a stay.

I believe (wishful thinking?) that cycling in the fresh air helps protect me and others from the virus.  That's because the virus disperses more readily outside and one is naturally more distant from others outside, and also keeping myself physically fit also helps protect me.

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We are still hosting (just

We are still hosting (just had no requests through WS or CS this year (jut vrienden op de fiets) and we will use WS on our next trip, too. We are living in germany in a very rural area, were in home office now for 5 months and still are, didnt had any parties even all family events didn't happen. We have a house and the space to host people in a private room or in the garden on the other hand, when we will be on our trip through the netherlands starting on the 22nd of august we will use campsites with CS and WS, as campsites actually are overcrowded in germany and in the nl, this could get challenging. We are healthy did follow all the regulatories that were given and still could get infected with that virus. Life is dangerous and always ends with a death. Yes, there is a little chance to get in contact with the virus but i will not take down the risc to 0% as that would mean, lowering socal contacts to zero. Not even contact to family members nor friends. I would then die for loneliness   

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More hosting requests than last year

We are in southern germany and have more hosting requests now compared to last year. Yesterday we had 3 young cyclists here, who are on a trip from Prague to Valencia. Very polite guest who insisted on sleeping in the garden with only there sleeping bags and a tarp against possible rain. We had breakfast inside but with windows open to allow for good ventilation. Lots of interesting discussions.

Compared to other risks I take in live - I think hosting in a careful way (kissing and hugging or sitting tightly together in an unventilated room are avoidable) is OK for healthy hosts and healthy cyclists.. Live is not without risks.

What I can't understand is when people behave fearful at home but do airline travel.

Andreas

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My previous post was deleted.

My previous post was deleted. I guess do the fact, that some links for some ppl was enought to trigger their believes.

To repeat, yes ppl are hosting, among them me.

Hosting covidians is straight no, unfortunately.

Safe travels!

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Hosting in Southern Spain

We are hosting in Southern Spain (Jerez de la Frontera). Due to the circumstances we are spending as much time as possible with our guests in our roof top terrace (which is nice anyway) and being cautious but nice and welcoming. I hope this helps

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Hosting

The only reason I wasn't hosting during some weeks was because I did some bicycle touring myself. Now I am back to hosting. 

I could have had guests ... but I didn't notice their request because there was something wrong with the e-mail-notification ... I hope that's fixed now. 

Guests do not have to be too close to me when they stay in the spare bedroom. If they have a free-standing tent they could even camp in the back yard (there's no lawn, but something like a porch). Nothing wrong with 'keeping your distance', i.m.o.  

 

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Yet to host: looking forward to it post covid

Hosting travellers would be great but covid has spoiled all that for now. If the three rules are followed: open spaces with good ventilation, uncrowded, and no close conversations that removes about 80% of the risk. This means that travellers could stay outside, on the deck or tenting in the back yard.  Food is not straight forward, since the risk is primarily on the side of the traveller. Bottled water is ok. Bathroom facilities? That may be problematic.  I would be interested in hearing of these kinds of details in the feedback in order to make an informed decision to host.

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Hosting Spain and Portugal

I have been hosted recenlty (August) by several WS hosts in Southern Spain (Andalucia) and Portugal (the Algarve) (5 wonderful sets of hosts). Very many thanks to all of you.

Whether to host or not can depend on:

Local / Regional infection rates (low in the regions I was travelling through)

Level of concern about the virus (varies between hosts)

Facilities availalbe (eg separate bathroom / outdoor space for camping / eating etc.)

So I think to host or not has to be a personal choice and reflect what you, the host, are comfortable with.

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We are willing to host campers...

We are willing to host campers who can stay in our backyard. Best if they can use our hose in the backyard for cleaning but if they really want to have a warm shower, we can do an orchestrated dance with lots of ventilation so they can have a safe warm shower. Also willing to provide outdoor dining :-)

Managing with COVID takes extra work but with staying outdoors, maintaining distance, wearing masks, washing hands/surfaces, and proper ventilation it is managable.

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We are willing to host campers...

We are willing to host campers who can stay in our backyard. Best if they can use our hose in the backyard for cleaning but if they really want to have a warm shower, we can do an orchestrated dance with lots of ventilation so they can have a safe warm shower. Also willing to provide outdoor dining :-)

Managing with COVID takes extra work but with staying outdoors, maintaining distance, wearing masks, washing hands/surfaces, and proper ventilation it is managable.

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We are willing to host campers...

We are willing to host campers who can stay in our backyard. Best if they can use our hose in the backyard for cleaning but if they really want to have a warm shower, we can do an orchestrated dance with lots of ventilation so they can have a safe warm shower. Also willing to provide outdoor dining :-)

Managing with COVID takes extra work but with staying outdoors, maintaining distance, wearing masks, washing hands/surfaces, and proper ventilation it is managable.

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We are willing to host campers...

We are willing to host campers who can stay in our backyard. Best if they can use our hose in the backyard for cleaning but if they really want to have a warm shower, we can do an orchestrated dance with lots of ventilation so they can have a safe warm shower. Also willing to provide outdoor dining :-)

Managing with COVID takes extra work but with staying outdoors, maintaining distance, wearing masks, washing hands/surfaces, and proper ventilation it is managable.

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yes, first guest has been like spring ...

I was waiting the first host , i could say like spring..here in North Italy,  i lost some request mostly by french ciclysts cause i was on holyday or last minute.  I hosted them again yes but now seem all slowing again also due to the season yes, and France has sort of lock down again.From Germany and Italy too, 

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yes I am still available as a

yes I am still available as a host. Actually, I am waiting for my first guest. So if anyone is looking for a place to stay in the north part of the Netherlands, let me know:)

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Can't wait for someone to

Can't wait for someone to request a stay! We haven't had anyone for ages.

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Can't wait for someone to

Can't wait for someone to request a stay! We haven't had anyone for ages.

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Can't wait for someone to

Can't wait for someone to request a stay! We haven't had anyone for ages.

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Can't wait for someone to

Can't wait for someone to request a stay! We haven't had anyone for ages.

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only way to stay sane and connected

yes i am still riding and hosting. only way to stay sane and connected. cheers. thierry