Moving is stressful and even more stressful when you throw a pandemic into the mix. You may be wondering if it’s feasible and safe to be moving during COVID-19. The short answer is, yes, but it varies by city and location. Moving house in Adelaide/South Australia during the Coronavirus restriction rule is possible. However, it would help if you were informed of the guidelines and recommendations. The following information will help you know how to go about picking up and relocating during a pandemic.
What is the Status of COVID-19 in Adelaide?
As you may or may not know, Adelaide is the main city in South Australia. The COVID-19 situation in SA is much better at the moment. As of the 21st of October, there was only one new case overnight. It is still important to practice safety measures, however. There’s still uncertainty that exists around what you can and can’t do to a certain extent.
Density requirements are in place and physical distancing or social distancing principles apply. The total number of people at a place must not exceed one person per 2 square metres. Every person should attempt to stay at least 1.5 metres from other members of the public. However, this does not apply to people who live together, who are friends or family members, or people who regularly associate with each other.
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Are Removalists Essential Services?
Currently, the answer is yes. Although there have been recent changes to border controls, Removalists are considered an 'essential service' under freight and logistics definitions by each State Government and can move your goods.
Is it Safe to Move House in Adelaide During the Pandemic?
All people wishing to enter SA now need to fill in a SA border pass before arrival (best option is to do 14 days in advance). If moving to SA from Victoria or a hot spot as directed by the SA government - you will also need to undergo a compulsory COVID-19 test.
Below are additional measures you need to take:
· 14 days self-isolation effective immediately upon entry and to be enforced by Border Control from 4 pm Tuesday 24th March UNLESS arriving directly from selected NSW, NT, WA, TAS or QLD.
· From 12:01 am Wednesday 29 July 2020, SA Gov website now shows - South Australian residents will no longer be able to return or potentially move to South Australia from Victoria. Only essential travellers will be able to enter South Australia from Victoria. The best option if needing to move is request exemption via the border pass/exemption links above.
· Removalists ARE exempt from requiring 14 days self-isolation and can move your goods interstate to your new home under the SA Government definition of essential Freight and Logistics services.
· Other options available are local branch pick up from your home then onto the interstate rail and then local branch drops off to your new home in South Australia (without need for Interstate truck drivers).
· Local moves abide by State social distancing rules during the move
· View SA gov general information here
How do I Plan for Moving House During COVID-19?
As governments start to discuss lifting some restrictions, companies anticipate there will be a backlog of move requests coming in October through February. If you need to move during this time, we advise you to contact us as early as possible. We have options to book with flexibility in advance to secure your spot if restrictions in certain areas are received. We are already seeing booking requests into next year, so we encourage you to get in touch with us.
Will I Need to Self-Isolate After Moving into My New Home?
Different rules apply depending on where you are moving to. For example, if you are moving to South Australia, Border Control will enforce you to self-isolate for 14 days, which is effective immediately upon entry. However, you can move your goods under the exemption list, and removalists do not need to self-isolate for the two-weeks.
What if I Need to Make Changes to My Move?
If you have a removal planned yet you are self-isolating because you have Coronavirus symptoms, the best thing to do is get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will be able to offer you several different options depending on your current situation. It could be that we can handle the move without you having to come into contact with anyone. Or, we may be able to move the removal to another date. Simply give us a call today, and we will do our best to come up with a solution that is satisfactory for you.
How Can I Stay Safe During My Move?
If you have, are showing symptoms of, or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19, you should let the Removalist know in advance so they can best support your move and move timing safely after any relevant quarantine measures. Consider making your payment over the phone instead of handing your movers cash. We also make sure that our staff washes their hands, vans, and equipment all of the time. It’s best to manage the move together in a contactless manner, so everyone remains safe and healthy.
You may be inclined to pack your belongings, which is fine. Chess Moving offers crates and moving boxes in all shapes and sizes.
How Can We Assist in Making Your Move as Safe & Easy as Possible?
You should know that you can still move locally within your state, and it is safe to do so, and Chess Moving is open for business to help with your move. Moving during coronavirus in Adelaide is realistic. We’re taking extra precautions with each move to ensure the health and safety of the community, our clients, and our staff.
Chess Moving is a wholly Australian owned and operated removalist company. Our offices are located in every Australian capital city and some regional centres, providing relocation services to individuals, families, and businesses.
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Whether you’re moving locally, interstate, or overseas, you can count on Chess Moving to provide dependable, helpful, and friendly removalist services. Our knowledgeable staff will give you the right advice and deliver on time, every time.
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