The 1% face a choice: Quarantine with household staff, or cook and clean themselves

One UES resident called a staffing agency asking how to replace a vacuum bag

TRD NATIONAL /
Apr.April 18, 2020 09:00 AM
Some wealthy homeowners in lockdown have a hard choice: pick up the chores themselves or pay staffers extra to quarantine with them (Credit: iStock)

Some wealthy homeowners in lockdown have a hard choice: pick up the chores themselves or pay staffers extra to quarantine with them (Credit: iStock)

Coronavirus isolation measures are forcing well-heeled Americans to consider something they’ve never had to before: chores.

Wealthy employers of drivers, chefs, maids, and other private staffers have to decide whether to pick up their tasks themselves or risk expanding their exposure circles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A few options are open to them. Some are paying their staff extra to quarantine with them and keep up on the household work. Others try to mitigate risk by having their chefs, for example, cook with masks on and leave food at their doors.

But a few brave souls are bucking up, picking up the vacuum cleaners and getting to work. It doesn’t always go smoothly. For example, a client of Mahler Private Staffing called the company over the weekend asking how to remove a bag from a vacuum and where to find new bags in his Upper East Side apartment.

“Some are doing household tasks they haven’t done in decades,” said Peter Mahler, owner of Mahler Private Staffing.

He said about 40 percent of his clients decided to pay one or a few staffers extra to quarantine with them at their homes.

Developer Jeff Greene and his family land somewhere in between. They’re allowing their private chef and housekeeper to come in and out of their Palm Beach, Florida home so long as they wear gloves and masks and maintain distance. Greene said he could make dinner just fine, but didn’t want to “terminate people when we don’t have to.” [WSJ— Dennis Lynch


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Credit: iStock)

Loophole allowed big-name landlords to get bailout funds

Loophole allowed big-name landlords to get bailout funds
The process for challenging property assessments is so antiquated, officials won’t do Zoom meetings. (iStock)

“A recipe for disaster”: Fighting property taxes in a pandemic

“A recipe for disaster”: Fighting property taxes in a pandemic
Clockwise from left: Bronx housing court at 1118 Grand Concourse, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Judge Lawrence Marks, New York Supreme Court at 60 Centre Street (Getty; Google Maps; Wikipedia; New York State Courts)

Attorneys find ways to “eject” tenants without Housing Court

Attorneys find ways to “eject” tenants without Housing Court
Cadillac Fairview CEO John Sullivan and the RCB Centre in Toronto (Google)

This Canadian office giant has a strategy for a return to work

This Canadian office giant has a strategy for a return to work
Bars, restaurants and live entertainment venues around the world are now weighing their reopening options. Some owners say they can’t cover the cost of operating at reduced capacity. (Getty)

Facing the music: Entertainment venues, restaurants weigh reopening options

Facing the music: Entertainment venues, restaurants weigh reopening options
Anbang’s Andrew Miller, Mirae’s Peter Lee and (from left) JW Marriott Essex House, the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole (Credit: Marriott, Westin, Four Seasons)

Buyer’s remorse?: How Anbang’s $5.8B hotel deal went sideways

Buyer’s remorse?: How Anbang’s $5.8B hotel deal went sideways
Softbank's Marcelo Claure, Masayoshi Son and Rajeev Misra (Getty; iStock)

Internal feud at SoftBank casts doubt on Vision Fund

Internal feud at SoftBank casts doubt on Vision Fund
Commercial real estate property sales fell to their lowest level in a decade as a result of the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Pixabay)

TRD Insights: Commercial deal volume plummeted 71% in April

TRD Insights: Commercial deal volume plummeted 71% in April
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...