Tips and guidelines for Nannies & Household staff during Covid 19

How to protect yourself and others

Source: Swiss Nanny Association & Directive Domestic Employees – Departement of security, employment and health Geneva

Stay home if you are feeling ill (if you have a fever, cough or muscle pain). Contact a doctor or the relevant cantonal COVID hotline to get tested.

If you have been in close contact with a person who has COVID, the cantonal medical officer will ask you to stay home in quarantine for 10 days. You must follow these recommendations.

If you are vulnerable, please contact a doctor and follow their recommendations.

At work

When you arrive at work, wash your hands and put your things (coat, handbag), in a protected area. Put on work clothes and respect personal hygiene rules (wash your hands, use disposable tissues, do not touch your face).


  • Follow personal hygiene rules
  • If you are taking care of children under the age of 10, it isn’t necessary to keep the distance of 2 meters. But do keep your distance with parents and other adults.
  • There is no need to wear a mask when you care for children.


Personal care

  • Follow personal hygiene rules
  • Wash your hands before and after any contact with the person.
  • Keep a distance of 2 meters with other adults in the home.
  • If you cannot keep your distances, particularly when caring for another adult, wear a mask following all the above guidelines.
  • If possible, avoid contact with those living in the house and with other employees. Clean rooms when they are unoccupied
  • Wear cleaning gloves. Wash them before taking them off and wash your hands.
  • If possible, clean with water and usual cleaning products/disinfectant rather than dry cleaning.
  • Be particularly careful when cleaning surfaces that persons in the house touch often (door and window handles, cupboard handles and doors, remote controls, telephones, faucets, toilet seats and lids, toilet flush, light switches, etc.).
  • Do not shake mops, sheets and towels.
  • Air out as much as possible.
  • Wash dishes, glasses, cups and cooking utensils in the dishwasher or with warm water and soap. Then, before putting the clean dishes away, wash your hands with soap.
  • Every garbage bin must have a bag, that must be carefully sealed before disposing of it.
  • At shopping:Disinfect your hands when you enter the store, after payment, when you exit the store and when you get

In General

  • Keep your distances (2 meters) with other people living inside the house and with other employees,and if possible in public transport.
  • Avoid close contact (no handshakes, no kissing, no hugging).
  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and warm water, as often as possible, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not forget the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails. If you are outside, use hand sanitizer/disinfectant.
  • Wash your hands : after using public transport ; whenever your arrive at work ; before preparing a meal ; before feeding children ; before eating ; before going to the bathroom ; after changing a diaper or helping a child in the bathroom ; after throwing out garbage ; after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing ; after coming into close contact with things that a sick person has touched ; after touching the common areas in your building (staircase, buttons in the lift, door handles, etc.) ; whenever you arrive home.
  • Cough or sneeze in the crook of your elbow or in a disposable tissue. Avoid touching your face, in particular your mouth and nose.
  • Wear a mask if you cannot keep a distance of 2 meters with other persons in public places or at work :
    • ​Before putting on a mask, wash your hands with soap and warm water or with hand sanitizer/disinfectant.
    • Cover your nose and mouth (down to your chin) and adjust the mask to your face, placing the elastics behind your ears.
    • Do not touch the mask. If you do, wash your hands afterwards.
    • You can wear the mask up to 8 consecutive hours. The mask cannot be reused.
    • To take the mask off, pull the elastics off without touching the front of the mask. Avoid the mask touching your clothes or face. Throw it out immediately in a closed bin. Carefully wash your hands.




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