How to Move During a Pandemic
When you know you have to move, because you’ve closed on a new home or taken a new job, you may be anxious about whether it is safe to do so during the coronavirus outbreak. Most people’s lives have changed in many ways during COVID-19 but there are some things you can still do, if you take the appropriate precautions. Learn more about how to move during a pandemic to keep you and your possessions safe during these challenging times.
Health and Safety
Professional movers are always concerned about keeping your items safe and secure throughout the entire process of packing, moving, and unloading. During a pandemic, you and your movers will need to take some extra steps to also ensure the health and well-being of all the people involved in your move.
Your movers should ensure that they are using the minimum number of people necessary. They will also need to screen their teams for the coronavirus, use hand sanitizers and wash their hands frequently, and wear masks to protect themselves and you. You can do your part by thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your possessions and your new home for everyone’s protection.
Atlanta Stay at Home Orders
The governor of Georgia issued orders for the state’s residents to stay at home effective April 2. That order was extended to April 30 but will probably expire at that time with certain businesses allowed to re-open at certain points along a staggered timeline. If you are planning a move before the orders are lifted, you will want to ensure that you follow the guidelines issued by the city of Atlanta and by the state of Georgia.
New, Clean Moving Boxes
One of the most important steps you can take when determining how to move during a pandemic is to use new, clean moving boxes and packing materials. Many people who decide to pack their own items tend to look to stores, friends, and neighborhood groups for used boxes. However, the coronavirus can survive for 24 hours on cardboard surface so it is much safer to secure unused boxes or let the movers pack your possessions for you.
When you are under orders to stay at home, it may not be possible for you to visit stores or interact with other people to get their used boxes. Stores have put limits on the number of people who can be in the building at one time, which can make it even more frustrating to try to find boxes. Buying new moving boxes and packing materials will relieve you of the additional stress that you certainly don’t need during this time.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidelines you should follow for social distancing. As the CDC states, “social distancing, also called ‘physical distancing,’ means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings”
When you are moving, you and your movers should always maintain social distancing for everyone’s safety and health. Work on a plan with your moving company so they can coordinate how many people will be needed for your move as well as how many people will be in your home. That way you and your movers can be safer, keeping an appropriate distance between everyone.
Monitor the Situation
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we do things every day. Orders to stay at home are issued, extended, and eventually lifted. When you have to move, you will need to stay current on the situation regarding what is allowed, what is essential, and what is safe for you and your movers. Following these tips on how to move during a pandemic will help ensure everyone’s health and well-being during the pandemic.
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