The COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the world upside down. People can’t travel, they can’t see their friends or family and many can’t work.
On top of all of this, many important life events must continue on, one of those being moving. This can be scary for multiple reasons and cause people to have a lot of questions about moving during the pandemic. So we’ve answered the top three questions people have had on moving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Are Moving Companies an Essential Business?
Even though almost every state in the United States is under some kind of shelter-in-place order or shutdown, the government has deemed certain businesses as essential, meaning they are needed for people to continue on in their daily lives with the least amount of disruption.
And despite shutdowns and shelter-in-place, people still need to move for a variety of reasons, whether that be leases ending, a new job starting or a family emergency. So with this in mind, most states have deemed moving companies as an essential business.
Moving companies still are able to function as they were, of course, under the assumption that they are following recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization. These recommendations include social distancing, staying as hygienic and sanitized as possible, and testing their employees for fevers and symptoms of the virus.
As a rule of thumb, even when a city does order a closure of nonessential business, this only ever means businesses that revolve around social functions and convenience services. Restaurants, bars and movie theaters are some examples.
So even when the guidelines aren’t clear on what essential services are, moving services will nine out of 10 times be considered an essential business. They fall under the transportation category of almost every state.
Can I Move During the Pandemic?
Because moving companies are considered an essential service in almost every state, you still can move during the coronavirus pandemic. In many cases, people don’t have a choice of whether they can or can’t move at a certain time anyway.
The bigger question is, is it safe? In short, yes, it is safe to move during the coronavirus pandemic as long as you take extra precautions when it comes to moving your belongings.
Now, of course, if you can postpone your move to a later date, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do so. This just will take extra steps to keep everyone safe and follow the rules for social distancing. But again, this doesn’t mean you would be breaking social distancing rules by moving.
There are actually many efficient ways you can stay safe while moving during the pandemic. Social distancing is easier than you think when moving—you just have to be aware of your surroundings and how you move things.
For example, you should have everything ready to go when the movers get there to make things as efficient as possible. Everyone should wear gloves and masks if they can as an extra step. There are many other tips that can go along with these.
We’re Here to Help
Nothing has changed here at Quality Moving Services, serving Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Great Virginia. We’re still providing topnotch moving services for all of your needs from apartments to homes to offices.
We even can help those college students in a rush to get back home after being forced to leave their dormitories. Whatever your problem is, we’ve got you covered.
If you have plans to move in the area during the current pandemic, consider reaching out to us on our website. We have provided and will continue to provide the best service we can while taking the extra precautions that are needed right now in such a tumultuous time.