Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over yet and we’re seeing a surge in cases across Europe. In this post, we’ll look at a few important updates that you should be aware of. Let’s get started:
Wearing a Face Mask in Paris Is Now Mandatory
Avoid a fine and make sure you always have your face mask on when you’re outside in Paris. We recommend that you don’t just carry one on you, but have a couple in your bag.
Your face mask should cover your mouth and nose. Before you put on your face mask or take it off, clean your hands with anti-bac sanitizer or soap and water. Encourage your host kids to do this too. Furthermore, when you’re wearing your face mask, try not to touch it. However, if you need to, only touch the ear loops!
Keep two plastic bags in your backpack – this way, one can be for new face masks and the other for used face masks so that when you’ve worn one, it won’t touch anything else.
When Will the Borders Open?
Unfortunately, this is a question we are being asked a lot at the moment and the answer is that we simply do not know. Cases are on the rise in Europe.
The only way you can find out what is happening is by reading the advice on your country’s government website. You can also read advice on the website of the country you are hoping to move to. Here is the French government’s Covid-19 advice page in English.
Currently, we are working on the assumption that au pairs who are outside of Europe will not be able to move to France or other European countries for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, this will change in the new year, but only time will tell.
If you are already living in Europe and are hoping to become an au pair, then we can help you. Check out this page to learn more.
Always Wash Your Hands
We know, we know, we’re all sick of hearing this advice! But, it is certainly worth reminding ourselves how important it is now and again. As an au pair, you have a duty of care towards your host family.
Show them respect by washing your hands as soon as you come through the front door and before you touch anything. Furthermore, you may also want to consider changing your clothes if you have been outside for long periods of time. However, this isn’t mandatory, only something to consider.
Discuss the Situation with Your Host Family
As you’re working for a family, it’s absolutely vital to talk openly with them about your concerns. Your host parents are there to keep you safe. So, let them know how you’re feeling about the changes.
If you are asked to do something that you don’t feel comfortable doing, then make sure you tell them in advance. Explain why this is the case and suggest an alternative approach. Your host family will be grateful that you are communicating so openly.
Keep Calm In Front of Your Host Kids
As well as discussing the situation with your host parents, we advise you to talk about it with your host kids too (depending on the advice of your host parents, of course!).
This is a very confusing and difficult time for kids. Helping them to feel safe and secure is a vital role of being an au pair. Plan some fun activities to do with your host kids so that you can help keep boredom at bay.
Whenever they ask you about Coronavirus, answer in a calm but authoritative manner. Remain positive and upbeat, but don’t mislead them or ignore their questions.
Maintain Social Distancing
If you have recently moved to a new city to become an au pair, then it may feel extremely frustrating to have to maintain social distancing measures when you’re trying to make friends. But, this is still one of the best ways to keep you and your host family safe.
Before meeting up with someone new, why not write to them and let them know that you will be observing social distancing measures and wearing a face mask? This will ensure you’re both on the same page.
If you are currently looking for friends as an au pair, then why not check out Au Pair, Oh Paris? This community is welcoming and friendly and you’re likely to meet a friend for life.
What Should You Do if You Feel Sick?
In the past, you may have been tempted to put on a brave face and head into work. Now is simply not the time to be doing this. If you wake up feeling poorly then tell your host family as soon as possible.
If you have a cough or temperature, then you will be required to quarantine. Ask your host family to supply you with food and call a doctor if your condition deteriorates.
You can call 0 800 130 000 to speak to someone in French who can answer your questions about Coronavirus 24/7. Alternatively, search your government’s website for a similar service.