Experiences and Concerns of Female Hotel Housekeepers in the First Stages of the Covid-19 Lockdown in the Balearic Islands (Spain): A Qualitative Study

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dc.contributor.author Chela-Alvarez, Xenia
dc.contributor.author Sanchez-Rodriguez, Cristian
dc.contributor.author Bulilete, Oana
dc.contributor.author Vidal-Thomàs, M.Clara
dc.contributor.author Llobera, Joan
dc.date.accessioned 2023-03-10T12:38:01Z
dc.date.available 2023-03-10T12:38:01Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11201/160259
dc.description.abstract [eng] Strongly enforced mobility restrictions to deter the spread of COVID-19 severely impacted tourism, a pivotal economic sector of the Balearic Islands. Little is known about the experiences of the most economically affected groups, such as hotel housekeepers. This study aimed to explore the experiences and concerns of hotel housekeepers (approximately 13,000 worked in the Balearic Islands before the pandemic) during the first stages of the COVID-19 lockdown. Semi-structured interviews were conducted by telephone in April of 2020. Thematic analysis was used for interpretation. Eighteen hotel housekeepers were interviewed. Main experiences and concerns identified were: (a) distress due to employment status and economic situation, (b) concerns for children's education, (c) health-related concerns, mainly regarding the possibility of infecting someone, and (d) feelings related to home confinement (e.g., sense of security against infection, tedium, and boredom). Uncertainty permeated all discourses, generating feelings of fear and distress, particularly related to employment status and the general economic situation. Our findings shed light on the impact of public health measures to control COVID-19 spread in the different areas of life of hotel housekeepers, one of the most economically affected occupational groups. The trade-off between economics and health must be considered in future decisions on public health.
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dc.relation.isformatof https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5153
dc.relation.ispartof The Qualitative Report, 2022, vol. 27, num. 12, p. 2816-2838
dc.rights , 2022
dc.subject.classification 614 - Higiene i salut pública. Contaminació. Prevenció d'accidents. Infermeria
dc.subject.other 614 - Public health and hygiene. Accident prevention
dc.title Experiences and Concerns of Female Hotel Housekeepers in the First Stages of the Covid-19 Lockdown in the Balearic Islands (Spain): A Qualitative Study
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2023-03-10T12:38:02Z
dc.subject.keywords Camareras de piso
dc.subject.keywords covid-19
dc.subject.keywords confinamiento
dc.subject.keywords Entrevista semiestructurada
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5153

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