All domestic cleaning has been paused as of 23rd March 2020.
Following the announcement from Downing Street on Monday 23rd March, it is with a very heavy heart that we have paused all domestic cleaning operations.
The instructions we have been given are clear:
People are only allowed to leave their homes for:
• shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
• one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle, alone or with members of their household;
• any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
• travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Although our cleaners can of course not work from home, we cannot argue that domestic cleaning counts as an essential service, therefore we I can not ask my team to travel to and enter client’s homes.
From our perspective we are pausing not stopping. The second we are able to we will pick up where we left off and continue the sterling work that all members of the Top Banana Team do.
The number of clients who have offered to continue making payments to their cleaner has been massively appreciated. The measures that have been announced to support the self-employed will be a comfort to the majority of the team, however they must still last until June when the back payment is expected.
I will continue to be here (albeit more in the background) throughout this period. If there is anything I can help with or a service I can connect you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I appreciate that this is an uncertain time for us all, and that we will all manage in different ways. I realise I am not alone in having not knowing how this will affect my work. I send my best wishes to you as you too navigate this.
This document from Haslemere Town Council lists the organisations that are supporting the community through the outbreak: Organisations supporting the community in Haslemere
For now, I am adjusting to the phone ringing less and looking for silver linings in the time I will spend with my family. I am finding purpose in my daily videos on Top Banana Cleaning and Top Banana Learning, and hope that these will raise a smile and encourage you to keep up with some of the housework while we can’t visit.
Please keep in touch, stay well and I will see you again on the other side.