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When will you let your cleaner return?

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twosoups1972 Mon 11-May-20 19:14:16

My lovely cleaner is desperate to come back to work. I've been paying her the full amount as I don't want her to be out of pocket but she's embarrassed and really wants to work.

Under the latest advice, it seems that people who can't work from home are being encouraged to return to work. But that doesn't mean it's any safer for her to come to us.

At what point would you do it?

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Burplecutter Mon 11-May-20 19:18:22

As soon as she asks to. It's up to her to decide on whether she's willing to take the risk.
I'll make it as safe as I can for her, opening windows, before she arrives, going out while she's here.
But it's not my risk to impose on her, it's her risk to take. And I'm willing to take on my portion of the risk for me and my family as soon as she is willing to take on her level of risk for herself.

twosoups1972 Mon 11-May-20 19:20:33

I think we are more at risk from her than vice versa. We've barely been out at all and have had no symptoms. I know she lives with other people so I don't know if she's carrying the virus.

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Whatthefoxgoingon Mon 11-May-20 19:22:06

As soon as she wants to come back.
I may lie prostrate at her feet when I see her grin

VanCleefArpels Mon 11-May-20 19:24:04

There’s risk both ways - neither of you know where each other has been. Each of you risk transmitting what the other has back to others in your households and therefore wider. Until the advice is that we can circulate freely with people outside our own households I’m not inclined to take our cleaner back. It’s a luxury not a necessity

Thesispieces Mon 11-May-20 19:25:05

Community transmission would have to be negligible. My cleaner changed sheets/packed away dishes etc etc. Inevitably saliva /nasal droplets would be left all over the house and if asymptomatic its an unnecessary risk. Luckily we are fit and able to clean ourselves. If that wasn’t possible then......Im not expecting to dodge all possible sources of transmission. But it will only be ‘essential’ contact where possible.

PerplexingWords Mon 11-May-20 19:25:55

I’m concerned that mine lives with extended family and travels via public transport. We may suggest she wears a mask as well as hand washing etc.

Bluntness100 Mon 11-May-20 19:27:39

Mine is back on Friday, I will,distance from her, I don’t see a risk as she’s cleaning as she goes.

drcb83 Mon 11-May-20 19:27:52

Ours never left. We are both tested for Covid twice weekly and we leave the house when she comes - at her request.

reindeesandchristmastrees Mon 11-May-20 19:29:29

(s)he is a cleaner - that means that they will be washing all the time. If you feel funny about sheet changing then do that yourself. If you feel at risk from her - go out. I think it is simple.

VanCleefArpels Mon 11-May-20 21:37:58

But going out doesn’t eliminate risk - virus can and will stay on surfaces for hours if not days! If on public transport then not a hope in several hells would an unecessary external person come into my house!

CrunchyCarrot Mon 11-May-20 21:39:50

Not for the foreseeable, sadly. We can't leave the house whilst she is there. I'm still self-isolating so it's too risky.

BolloxtoGender Mon 11-May-20 21:43:43

We ll leave it until at least the end of May I think and review.

twosoups1972 Wed 13-May-20 13:24:04

It’s a luxury not a necessity

Well yes although it is a necessity for her. At what point is it safe? How do we know end of May is any safer with this second wave predicted?

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AndMyHairWillShineLikeTheSea Wed 13-May-20 13:32:41

When I'm back in my workplace and DS is back at nursery. I'm happy to continue paying her until then unless we have a change in financial situation.

Wingedharpy Wed 13-May-20 13:34:11

@drcb83 : Where are you/how do you get tested for Covid twice weekly?

RainMustFall Wed 13-May-20 14:56:11

I've paid my cleaner up to the end of June. Will review then.

bizmum1 Wed 13-May-20 15:51:55

Mine's back tomorrow. Yay!

MindyStClaire Wed 13-May-20 15:55:51

Once we can safely distance from her. ATM that's not possible with both of us WFH and 2yo DD here too. If DD were back in nursery we could go for a walk and hide in the study so probably then.

chocolatesaltyballs22 Wed 13-May-20 15:59:36

Mine's back next week. We will stay upstairs while she cleans downstairs, and then swap. Payment by bank transfer.

Tholeonagain Wed 13-May-20 21:40:01

From next week - am v excited about it. We’ve been paying her not to come for the duration but it’ll be lovely to have the house clean again the way she does it. If she was anxious about coming back we would keep paying her not to come for the moment, and of course if there were any symptoms in either household she wouldn’t come.

drcb83 Wed 13-May-20 21:46:53

@winged We do it through work, send off twice weekly, results next day

stclair Wed 13-May-20 22:19:46

Today. Bliss to come home to a clean house! I was at work, kids at school, DH picked her up and dropped her off. Job done.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 13-May-20 22:23:07

Today. It was so nice to see her again.
Community transmission is low enough now that I don't consider it risky.

MajesticWhine Wed 13-May-20 22:23:13

Mine is back already. What a relief smile

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