With the number of coronavirus cases increasing in India, many citizens have joined hands with central and state governments to enforce the lockdown. A large number of apartment schemes have banned the entry of housemaids, courier delivery boys, food delivery personnel, car washers, etc. Some are not even allowing newspaper delivery boys. Only the milkmen are exempt. Many of these societies are home to millionaires, who have decided to do domestic chores themselves than take the risk of exposing themselves to the pandemic.

Godrej Anandam, a mini-township in Ganeshpeth, which has very rich occupants, has banned the entry of outsiders except for the relatives of flat owners. Even family friends are not allowed.

The executive body of Rachana Sahil Apartments, Subhash Nagar, on Monday banned the entry of domestic help, car washers, delivery boys, etc. Only those delivering newspapers and milk will be allowed entry. They will have to sanitize themselves before entering the premises. Some flat owners opposed the decision but they were overruled by the majority.

Monali Mudholkar of Narhari Residency, Mangaldeep Nagar, Besa Road, said her society had banned the entry of outsiders to reduce the risk of coronavirus and help the government in battling the pandemic. “Household helps do not come under essential services. Most flat occupants are at home as schools, colleges, offices and factories are shut. Hence we decided to do domestic chores ourselves. The government is doing its job and we citizens must also contribute,” she said.

Suchitra Mange of Tech-Op Laxmi Apartment, Tirupati Nagar, Koradi Road, said that her society office-bearers had also decided to ban entry of outsiders. “I am facing problems because I am not well and I have small kids. However, these are not normal times.”

Dhiraj Khandelwal of Rachna Srushti Apartments, KT Nagar, said that the decision had been taken for the safety of the flat owners as well as that of maids. “We told the maids how to keep themselves safe when they are at home,” he said.

Some other flat schemes where maids and delivery boys are no longer allowed are Rachana Aangan (Jaitala Road), Capitol Heights (Imambada), Pioneer Regency (KT Nagar), Shiv Society (Besa), Patrakar Colony (Civil Lines), etc.

The ban on maids is causing problems for many people. Female media personnel had to take leave as her mother recently had an operation and her daughter is very young. Both the nurse and child’s maid were not allowed entry. A lady doctor’s husband, who is now at home, is having difficulty handling their two small kids. Several senior citizens are living alone who depend upon domestic help for everything from cooking to purchasing essential items.

(With inputs from timesofindia)