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Post by Trailrunner Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 10:20

. . .I am self-quarantining. What to do? She has a husband and an 8 y/o grandchild at home.
Child is in school. What to do.

Without doubt, she will be paid throughout this, but should I have her in the house for 5 hrs? I'm speaking for BOTH of our sakes, not just mine.

What are ya'll doing about maids?

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Post by mattoleriver Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 10:33

Either you're in quarantine or you are not. If you are allowing people into your house you might just as well be going out yourself.
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Post by Jreboll Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 10:36

Learning how to do housework all over again

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Post by CanuckBob Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 10:36

I've been thinking the same thing. Once there are reported cases in this area I will probably give the maid and gardener a few weeks paid vacation.

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Post by ferret Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 10:47

I wouldn't even wait until there are reported cases. Inform her of "WHY" and pay her for a month and sit tight.
I'm currently trying to find a way to home disinfect money.
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Post by Trailrunner Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 10:48

Thank you so much guys! That is exactly what I am thinking. She will be here soon and will pay her and tell her that we should suspend her services for now. I will miss her, in many ways, but I think an abundance of caution is the way to go too.

Bob, you are waiting until there is proven infection before you suspend services? Isn't that kinda like closing the barn door after the cows get out?

Thank you for your rapid input guys and gal, you helped me make the right decision. As Matt says, you are either in quarantine or you are not. And I am.

Hahahaha - learning to do housework all over again - UGGGGGG
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Post by gringal Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 11:10

And then there are those of us who are in no physical condition to clean our houses and use agency services like Spring Cleaning on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Problem, eh?

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Post by Trailrunner Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 11:23

No problem, Gringal, do the best you can cleaning, this won't last forever and if you prioritize a messy house versus a potentially deadly virus - there is no question what is the right thing to do.

Maid came, I met her at the gate, wore a mask, and we had a good conversation. She understands completely and is now going to take better precautions in her house as well. We will talk by phone every week before she comes. It went very well and we parted saying "Cuidate mucho, te amo!"
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Post by ferret Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 11:38

Good decision Trailrunner.

I'm putting my paper money in the dryer and my coins on a tray in the sun. May not be perfect but it's the best compromise I can come up with. Only hot temperatures seem to work.
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Post by Trailrunner Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 12:06

Ferret, all you have to do is wash you hands well after handling any money. Trying to disinfect money doesn't make sense to me.

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Post by ferret Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 12:40

I'm thinking about the people that I hand money to... although I could say, you've been paid now go wash your hands and don't use it.
I am also going to use my credit card where possible.
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Post by CHILLIN Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 16:09

Someone posted on another board "our cleaning lady phoned to say she will be working from home during this season. She would phone in to give cleaning instructions".

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Post by CanuckBob Mon 16 Mar 2020 - 16:49

Haha....good one. I'm staying away from the bars, restaurants and casino for a while. Going to have a staycation since all our upcoming guests have cancelled.

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Post by lakeside7 Tue 17 Mar 2020 - 10:46

I think we have more risk of getting the flu bug from our maid .Yes we sent her home last week.....it seems each year a regular event....... her kids get the bug from school and the whole family are coughing and sneezing

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Post by CanuckBob Tue 17 Mar 2020 - 11:28

We are getting some bookings for April from refugees who are stranded here. All is not lost......lol.

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Post by RickS Tue 17 Mar 2020 - 11:32

CHILLIN wrote:Someone posted on another board "our cleaning lady phoned to say she will be working from home during this season. She would phone in to give cleaning instructions".

Yes, that one is all over the Internet..... Very Happy
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Post by little italy Tue 17 Mar 2020 - 12:23

ferret wrote:Good decision Trailrunner.

I'm putting my paper money in the dryer and my coins on a tray in the sun. May not be perfect but it's the best i compromise I can come up with. Only hot temperatures seem to work.


there are times i find after washing clothes having washed paper money as well. must have been in a pocket or whatever. came out okay, no tears,rips etc.

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Post by ferret Tue 17 Mar 2020 - 12:50

Yeah, I've done that too. But I don't have pockets in my underwear which gets washed in bleach whereas my clothes are washed in lukewarm water and laundry detergent which may or may not kill the virus according to the internet. However the internet does suggest that the heat of the dryer WILL kill the virus. Also ironing. In my home, iron is a four letter word. ;)
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11149204/washing-clothes-kill-coronavirus-tips/
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