Minnesota has instituted a stay at home order effective this Friday February 27 at 11:59pm, this does not affect movers, moving companies, or moving your home or property as they are in most cases legally binding contracts and leases, so it is deemed essential travel. With that said Matt’s Moving Company is taking every precaution we can to make sure public safety, employee safety, and customer safety is our number one priority.
The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is here but what do you need to do to protect yourself when using movers, moving companies; or move helpers? We will explore best practices in the moving industry to make sure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible during this time of a national emergency, and the precautions we are taking to insure our movers and customers can remain healthy and still move homes, apartments, or to and from a storage unit.
First, moving will be face to face. Moving companies will still need to conduct business as usual when moving customers and their loved ones from place to place. But we will take precautions as should other moving companies throughout the industry when handling household goods and they will be.
1. Customers can deny a moving company based on observations of flu like symptoms and vice versa. What this means is if anyone doesn’t feel comfortable with either party during a move because they have observed coughing, sneezing, or fever like symptoms the mover and the customer can terminate the move or the mover can terminate the move.
2. Extra precaution is needed when handling household goods. Please make sure to wipe down or sanitize your own property as well as you can prior to any movers picking up or transporting your belonging, and please sanitize as well after you have been moved. The COVID-19 virus has been known to stay on surfaces for up to 3 days.
3. Movers will be wearing gloves during your move, this can make property slippery, please be aware that this can make boxes, wardrobe boxes, and other property slippery to the touch and may increase damages. It’s not something we generally do but it will happen as gloves are not usually worn by movers.
4. Movers will take the necessary precautions and so should you. Lot’s of handwashing should occur, please understand if our movers ask to wash their hands before and after a move. We understand that this is uncommon but is necessary as the spread of the virus is easily contracted without proper hand sanitation.
5. Maintain a safe distance, the CDC is recommending that everyone keep a six-foot distance from one another. While this is not always possible, we as that in this time of a national emergency that you find something to do other than following movers around space to space and please give them the room needed to get the job done while being safe.