Since COVID 19 h changed many aspects of our lives, people moving might ask, "How will COVID affect my move?" The first thing to know is that moving companies are an essential business and can operate during the pandemic. Allied customers don't have to worry that the company will cancel on a customer, but there could be delays. Here is what you can expect when moving during COVID.
Social Distancing During Your Move
When possible, you should practice social distancing with the movers. Designate one person to work with the movers and keep the rest of your family isolated. A patio, the backyard, or a room the movers aren’t going to access are all good choices. Local social distancing regulations may limit how many people the moving company can send to your house, which may increase the time it takes to load or unload the truck.
Wear Masks and Gloves on Moving Day
Keeping six feet away can be difficult when the movers are packing and carrying furniture in and out. The person designated to interact with the movers should wear a mask and gloves while around the movers. Your moving crew should also have masks, but it’s a good idea to have disposable masks and gloves available in case a mover does not have one.
Have Hand Sanitizer and Soap Available
Keep hand sanitizer and soap readily available for you and the movers. Designate a sink where the movers can wash their hands, and provide a roll of paper towels for them to dry their hands. Some movers may bring and use their hand sanitizer, but you should be ready if they don't. Place hand sanitizer on a counter, small table, or shelf that is easily accessible.
Getting on the Road
If you’re moving to a different state, take the time to learn what state and local mandates are in effect, as well as what is happening with infection rates and testing in your new city. If you have a long drive across several states, research restaurants and motels on your route. Restaurants may be open for take-out only, or may still be closed due to local conditions. Plan your meal and overnight stops along the way. Masks are the most effective tool we have for preventing the spread of COVID, and many businesses may require them of customers even when they are not mandated. Plan accordingly and bring plenty of masks for everyone in your family. And bring plenty of hand sanitizer.
Local Government Mandates and Orders
Local government mandates or orders could impact your move, especially if you’re in an area that is seeing a surge in cases. Areas seeing a surge in cases may be restricting travel or require people to quarantine when they arrive from out of state, so plan accordingly, especially when deciding what to bring with you versus put on the truck. Local government mandates may be stricter than state mandates; be sure to check both.
One big difference in moving now is that you’ll want to go grocery shopping as soon as you arrive at your new home, rather than waiting until the truck arrives with your belongings. It’s a good idea to find out what food, cleaning and personal items are in short supply in your new town; if you have concerns about getting necessities like cleanser and TP, consider ordering online and having them shipped to your new home.
Like many other aspects of life, moving has a new normal. Knowing what you can do and expect will help mitigate risks to both you and the movers. Allied Van Lines is also taking action to prevent the spread of the virus. You can learn more about our Business Continuity Plan page.
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