Are you planning to move in the coming months? With all of the new rules and restrictions in place because of COVID-19, it’s important to understand how moving has been impacted during the pandemic. Here’s the info you need when preparing for a move in the near future.
Is Moving Still Possible?
Yes, both moving and storage are considered “essential services” in Canada and many moving companies are still operating across the country. Some service providers, however, may have certain services restricted or might refuse new contracts, so it’s important to confirm availability and make any necessary arrangements.
Is It Still Safe To Move?
While moving companies are taking all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their customers safe, it’s important to review their COVID-19 policy before making a decision. You should only hire a moving company that has adequate protocols in place, including sanitization and social distancing.
When Should I Consider Postponing?
If you or another family member is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or are in isolation, we recommend that you cancel or postpone your move to a later date. You should also consider postponing if you or a family member is in a high-risk group or if you’ve currently returned home from abroad. A new order has made it mandatory to self-isolate for 14 days if you have recently entered Canada.
What Can I Do To Minimize My Exposure When Moving?
To avoid putting anyone at risk, we recommend that you limit the number of people who are present during your move. In Ontario, the current order limits gatherings to five people. If any of your helpers are feeling sick or are experiencing any symptoms, ask them to stay home. During the move, you should also protect yourself by wearing gloves and a face mask. Keep soap, sanitizer, and disinfectant available and clean your hands and any frequently touched surfaces as often as possible. When the movers arrive, give them space and let them do all the packing/unpacking and be patient as it may take longer to ensure everyone is kept safe. Before you arrive at your new home and after the movers have finished, give everything a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. When unpacking, use gloves and try to wait at least 24 hours before unpacking any non-essential boxes.
If you’re looking for a moving company that you can count on to move you safely during these extraordinary times, contact us at Ottawa Moving Logistics. Our drivers are following strict cleaning and sanitization protocols to reduce the risk to you and your family. They’re also cleaning the cab and paying attention to high touchpoints to reduce the chance of spread. To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, contact us today.