Reopening Domestic Services

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Under Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start Plan, businesses and activities must follow certain health and safety requirements. For the most up-to-date reopening requirements visit the Governor Inslee's COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers website. To support reopening your business we've created a reopening checklist for general health and safety measures your business can take to ensure staff and customer safety. Download or view the checklist below.

Worker Health and Safety

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Limit interactions

When possible, the household members should be absent or relocate to areas away from the domestic worker while domestic work is in progress. 

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Maintain physical distance

Ensure employees maintain six feet of physical distance. If that's not possible, stagger work schedules or create physical barriers between staff.

Hand washing

Frequently wash hands

Ensure frequent handwashing for including before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. Use single-use disposable gloves when handwashing is not possible. 

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Keep tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and trash cans available

Keep tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and trash cans available throughout the household and/or workplace, at no cost to the worker.

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Self-screen for symptoms

If any members of a household have COVID-19 symptoms, workers must be informed prior to their arrival to the household, and domestic services must be canceled. If a household member or worker develops symptoms during a shift, the worker should be sent home.

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Provide Person Protective Equipment (PPE)

Provide employees free face coverings and disposable gloves.

Buy Face Coverings

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Clean vehicles

Employer-owned vehicles must be frequently cleaned and must have hand sanitizer. Workers should sanitize their hands before use.

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Clean high-use areas

Frequently clean and sanitize frequently touched objects and surfaces such as handrails, machines, doorknobs and restrooms, as well as materials used by the domestic worker after services are complete.

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Fair Pay

If a domestic worker is expected to complete additional tasks, such as frequent cleaning and sanitizing, this should be reflected in a written agreement and workers must be compensated for any additional time. 

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Self-access entry 

Domestic workers should be able to let themselves in and out of the household.

Find more guidelines and resources

Get information about outdoor permits, financial resources, evictions, paid sick and safe time, and more resources that apply to all reopening businesses.

See all reopening resources