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In these difficult times and especially with all these new restrictions, I don’t know what I should do about our cleaner. She usually comes every second week for 3 hours but we are doing out best to self-isolate so the thought of having our cleaner in our house – who travels on public transport and goes into other people’s houses – is so concerning. We can’t really afford to keep on paying her if she doesn’t come, as my work is compromised due to home schooling. But just don’t know what I should tell her. She has been coming to us for over 10 years and we think she’s great so we want to do right by her but just don’t know if it’s worth the risk. What is everyone else doing?


Posted anonymously, 25th March 2020


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  • I would give them the choice. The reason for this is they may be struggling a lot financially. I know of a few front line workers who had work hours increased so increased their cleaners hours – they were so grateful.


  • She just might be hoping you won’t want her to clean during this time. It’s pandemonium in most houses at present, and she probably doesn’t want to catch this virus from you and yours any more than you feel compromised by having her in your home. Talk to her about it.


  • As long as you social distance it should be ok as anyone with a job is considered essential as per the PM


  • My cleaner left us the week before the full impact of COVID19 hit.. we have decided to hold off looking for another until things settle down again


  • The services we are no longer using and shops we are no longer going to are grateful for a discussion and not going. They are concerned about their own safety, their staff and the community too.


  • My cleaner is coming, but she disinfects her hands before coming in, and is sing more disinfectant products.


  • It’s worth waiting a month or two to see how things are going.


  • Not a good idea unfortunately


  • Nope, not worth the risk and I’m sure she’d understand.


  • I agree with pretty much everyone on here. It is too risky, especially if she is cleaning other peoples houses as well as yours. Talk to her about it and I am sure she will understand, she might even be relieved because it means she can practice social distancing a bit better.


  • I agree with what natct said; have the kids playing outside when she comes and talk with eachother about protective measures, you could even write things down in a service agreement.
    Weigh the pros and cons and make your decision.
    This morning I’ve an appointment with a home based support worker for my 10yr who has an attachment disorder. I have the NDIS funding for it and can do with the help for my daughter.


  • With all the information out there, I’m sure she will understand and not take offence. Don’t risk it. Stay safe.


  • The government is requesting social distancing and minimal contact. I would advise that you follow government advice. At the same time tell your cleaner how valued they are and you would like to continue the arrangement after the crisis is over.


  • no you should now be very carefull nit only for self but for the others as well


  • I would cancel having her at the moment for both your sakes. It’s not worth the risk


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