On Monday, March 23, 2020, Ontario's Premier, Doug Ford, announced the closure of all non-essential services and stores for a minimum of 14 days starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020. However, cleaning services are included in the “List of Essential Workplaces." Therefore, we are permitted to resume operations as usual if we decide to do so. However, we feel the responsible choice is to extend our closure until after the Easter holidays. The personal loss we could potentially expose our clients to is not worth our financial gain.
An average week at Daisy Fresh Cleaning Service Inc. consists of over 130 properties being cleaned. These include small offices, residential homes, and building common areas, such as laundry rooms, staircases and hallways. Each team member will encounter a minimum of 25 people each day, not including the clients working from home. A team of two cleaners will clean up to 25 places in one week. On their way to your home they are likely to stop at a public place as they may need to stop at a gas station, fast food restaurant, or convenient store. At any point in time they could contract the virus and carry it with them. Even though they wash their hands, wear masks, and change their gloves regularly, there is still a risk of carrying the virus with them from home to home.
We are aware there are some cleaning services that have chosen to continue operations as usual. However, we urge everyone to consider the risks that are taken when allowing anyone into the germ-free space you have created over the past weeks. The World Health Organization discourages social gatherings, family visitors, and unnecessary public outings. Shouldn't this also include residential cleaners as they come into contact with everyone’s germs and bacteria while cleaning homes? Please remember that it can take up to 14 days to show symptoms, so there is a possibility that a healthy-looking person could have contracted, or have become carriers of, the coronavirus.
We want to thank everyone for being so considerate and understanding during this difficult time. We are so proud to be a part of the Daisy Fresh community that cares so much about each other and the Daisy Fresh teams. We will continue to keep everyone up to date as new information is made available to us.