We aren’t owners, so we hope you don’t mind us chiming in. We’ve continued to house sit full time, even with COVID and have experienced different levels of precautions.
On one end of the spectrum, during an initial conversation for a house sit, were were asked to arrive up to 2 days after the owners left and then leave 2 days prior to them arriving back home. This was to be sure that the home had sufficient time to air out any Covid contamination. We’ve also seen a listing that required a negative Covid test, however this immediately excluded us from the sit, because it was US based and getting a Covid test without symptoms in the US isn’t the easiest task to complete.
On the opposite end, we’ve been greeted by an owner without a mask, the reasoning being that we were going to be living in their home and eating a meal with them. So while we kept our distance, in their eyes masks didn’t make sense.
In the middle of the spectrum, where most of our sits end up falling, the owners wear masks for the entirety of us being around and we always keep at least a 6-ft distance apart. Gone are the days of warm welcomes with a hug.
As sitters, we always wear our masks when arriving to a sit and are very cautious to wash our hands and keep our distance. In caring for a home, we do our own pre cautions of wiping surfaces down at the start of a sit and again at the end. Also, when we return from an outing we immediately wash our hands and then go back and sanitize anything we touched on our way to the sink. Plus, we don’t eat out, limit our trips to the grocery store, and don’t spend time in public areas unless necessary.
Our precautions benefit the homeowners, but we have to be honest, we do this for ourselves and would do the same if it was our own home. So, we very much appreciate it when owners address Covid, either in the listing or in conversation (we bring it up in our applications) because it’s good to know that it’s a concern of theirs as well.