Lockdown 4.0_ Should You Resume With Your Maids At Home
Created by Cheena M Gujral Updated on May 21, 2020
While Priya prepares for a conference call, her toddler is busy creating a mesh out of laptop wires. Oh gosh! She is having a tough time managing all chores. In these challenging days of corona outbreak, Priya is leaving no stone unturned, when it comes to hygiene, sanitisation and healthy cooking. Her day passes with a blink of an eye juggling between homework and work from home.
And she isn’t the only one! This is happening in almost all our homes as we struggle to get everything done. This is the truth of the Covid times.
Lockdown 4.0, however came with many relaxations to enable mobility and henceforth economic activity. Life is far from being normal but there are certain activities that are slowly resuming back in action.
Announcements by administration & RWA are making rounds and one of the key points of discussion is whether to let maids enter homes.
Needless to say, there are contradictory views on this. While some want to resume back to normalcy, many are of the opinion that it isn’t really the right time to let maids enter their home, given the everyday rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Rakul, a mom to a toddler says, “We have decided to wait for another 2 weeks. Calling a maid at this point can be too risky. We will take a call after that.”
While there are many like Rakul who do not want to expose their home and family to anyone coming from outside, there are many who think otherwise.
Nalini Singh, a resident of Gurgaon says, “We don’t know how long willthis go on. We have to get on with our lives. It is getting tougher and tougher everyday. I live with my husband and my 2 kids and we have decided to call our domestic help and take all possible precautions.”
Of course there are many reasons to ask for immediate domestic help after 50 days of rigorous DIY activities like chopping, mopping, cleaning, dusting and so much more. At the same time we can’t emphasize enough on how important Social Distancing is and that is perhaps the only chain breaker to stop the spread of this Virus. Whether you allow your maid or not is completely a personal choice but in case you do, make sure you follow these guidelines before resuming with your house help:
Precautions you must take before allowing maids at home
- Wearing a mask shall be compulsory for them. Provide them with a clean one, every day. There are disposable ones too, which they can use and throw in a dustbin with a lid kept outside your house after they finish work.
- Keep a sanitizer at the main door. Ask your Househelp to sanitize their hands while s/he enters and leaves your house. This will keep you and the next visiting family secured.
- Keep 2 pairs of clothes for the househelp so that she changes into them whenever she comes to work at your place.
- Ask her to remove footwear outside the house. You can provide her with a pair of slippers for indoor work.
- Enforce the rule of regularly washing hands before and after cooking or mopping.
- In case, you are resuming with your House help for Cooking and Cleaning, you could get food made for 2 days at a go and refrigerate it, and similarly, you could get the house mopped and cleaned twice-thrice a week. By doing this, you are limiting the exposure to bare minimum.
- Teach your Househelp the importance of complete personal hygiene.
- Extra care is required if the maid is going to handle toddlers and elders. Maintaining a safe distance of at least 3 feet is crucial.
- Keep a check on her/ his health. Watch out for any cold and cough symptoms. You could also request for a screening test for temperature to be done at the entrance of your society or complex, in case they are not doing it already.
- . Educate them about Corona so that they can carry these practices and can stay safe in their own neighbourhood.
- Try to limit the movement of the Househelp to the Kitchen in case they are there just to cook.
- Sanitize door knobs, handles, door bells, drawer handles once the House help leaves.
These are some practical tips that will ensure safety for yourself and others too. Afterall, prevention is better than cure.
Do share with us your inputs!