On this page, we outline the latest government policy on Covid-19 and provide guidelines for the domestic cleaning sector.
We are operating as normal and have implemented measures to provide safe services.
Lifting of legal restrictions in England
On 19 July 2021 most legal restrictions on social contact were lifted in England, including
- No limits on meeting people but outdoor meeting recommended
- Social distancing no longer mandatory
- Face masks no longer mandatory but recommended in crowded places. TFL require masks
- Nightclubs open. Cinemas and theatres return to full capacity
- Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
- People working from home encouraged to return to the workplace gradually
- Businesses and large events encouraged to use covid-certification
- Guidance against travel to amber-list countries removed. Under-18s and fully vaccinated adults not required to isolate upon return from amber-list countries (Return from France requires 10-day quarantine).
A number of protections remain in place.
- Self-isolation when tested positive or contacted by NHS Test and Trace
- Quarantine for all those arriving from red list countries and for adults not fully vaccinated coming from amber list countries
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted in England, coronavirus will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future. Whilst many people have been fully vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread coronavirus. The delta variant is highly infectious, and we are in the midst of a third wave of infection. Consequently, we need to adopt a cautious approach and manage the risk for customers and cleaners using our service.
The government has issued guidelines on how to stay safe and how to prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can find these guidelines here
In addition, the government has also issued guides for workplaces which you can find here
We have incorporated government guidelines into our operations. We are recommending common sense measures to help keep cleaners and customers safe. All situations are different so individuals should exercise personal judgement to manage their own risk. Whilst no situation is completely risk-free, every recommendation on our guidelines reduces the risk of infection.
Safety guidelines for cleaners and customers
- TidyChoice will email advance notification of sessions to customers
- Cleaners should wash their hands when entering a home using soap and water for 20 seconds.
Hands should be washed regularly, particularly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing,
and when leaving the property
- Where facilities to wash hands are not available, cleaners should use hand sanitiser that they should carry
- Cleaners should maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from any household occupants at all times.
We recommend that customers stay in a different room during cleaning
- Cleaners should ensure good ventilation in the area where you are working, including opening the window
- Cleaners should pay special attention to 'high-touch' areas, such as door, cupboard handles,
light switches, TV remotes, tables and countertops
- Surfaces should be cleaned using regular products, then disinfected using a product such as Dettol
Antibacterial Surface Cleaner Spray
- Warm water should be used when cleaning surfaces and mopping floors,
to maximise the effectiveness of cleaning products
- Cleaners and customers should wash cleaning cloths and mop covers at a high temperature (60C+) after every use.We encourage the use of face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.
We have provided detailed guidance on the best cleaning practices to protect your home against Coronavirus.
You can find the guidance here
We encourage the use of face coverings in enclosed spaces where social distancing
isn’t possible. There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed
space helps protect individuals and those around them from COVID-19.
Working in people’s homes is not permitted when
- A cleaner has coronavirus symptoms, however mild, or when someone in their own household has symptoms.
- A household is isolating or where an individual is being shielded.
We will continue to monitor the developments and revise our operations as required.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your support and understanding,
The TidyChoice Team