Cleaners and nannies can return to work in people’s homes as long as they are not displaying symptoms of coronavirus and everyone in the house is also well, new Government guidelines state.
The latest guidance, published on Monday, says paid childcare such as nannies and childminders can resume their jobs if done in a safe way, which should enable more parents to return to work.
This follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech to the nation on Sunday night, when he said anyone who cannot work from home should be actively encouraged to go to work. He said those who do should walk, cycle or drive and avoid public transport where possible.
Home helpers are permitted to work as long as they follow newly devised safety advice designed to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus between households.
The news, which comes after weeks of cleaners and nannies not being able to work, will come as a relief to both the workers themselves and the families that usually rely on their help.
However, households which are isolating or where an individual is being shielded must not reemploy home helpers for the time being, the guidance states.
National cleaning agency, Housekeep, has sent out an email to customers inviting them to book cleaners through its website.
It says: “If everybody in your home is well, you can continue to book your Housekeeper as normal.”