Nannies can return to work in people's homes as long as they are not displaying symptoms of coronavirus and everyone in the house is also well, new Government guidelines state.
The latest guidance, published on Monday, says paid childcare such as nannies and childminders can resume their jobs if done in a safe way, which should enable more parents to return to work.
This follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech to the nation on Sunday night, when he said anyone who cannot work from home should be actively encouraged to go to work. He said those who do should walk, cycle or drive and avoid public transport where possible.
Home helpers are permitted to work as long as they follow newly devised safety advice designed to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus between households.
The news, which comes after weeks of cleaners and nannies not being able to work, will come as a relief to both the workers themselves and the families that usually rely on their help.
However, households which are isolating or where an individual is being shielded must not reemploy home helpers for the time being, the guidance states.
Nannies entering homes must now follow new safety guidance outlined by the Government.
It says they should notify all clients in advance of their arrival to the home. On entry to the home, they are advised to wash their hands using soap and water for 20 seconds. They should wash their hands regularly, particularly after blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, and when leaving the property.
Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used, and should be carried at all times, the guidance says.
Nannies should maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from the household occupants they are not providing care for as much as possible, it says.
The guidance also recommends keeping indoor work areas well-ventilated, washing clothes regularly and wearing a face covering where it is not possible to keep a distance of 2 metres.