By / OVM TEAM
Safety Tips for Moving in Ottawa During the Second Wave of COVID-19
Moving in Ottawa during a pandemic requires a little more attention to health and safety, but it is possible
The second wave of COVID-19 is upon us, and Ottawa is considered a COVID hot-spot in Ontario. Suppose you plan on moving in Ottawa shortly. In that case, you should plan to put extra safety precautions in place to protect yourself and others. It is normal to experience anxiety when moving, and especially so during a global pandemic. Luckily, the first wave of COVID-19 taught us a lot and has allowed us to better understand what to expect and how best to navigate this ‘new normal.’ While it may not be an ideal time to move, it is possible to safely accomplish the right amount of planning and time.
The more is not the merrier when it comes to moving help
After the first wave, social circles expanded, and we were permitted to gather in larger groups. As we have moved into the second wave, the Ontario government restricted social circles and gathering limits once again.
When it comes to moving in Ottawa, you’ll need to keep your moving team as small as possible. It may be tempting to gather a group of friends or family members to help you move. However, it would be safer to hire a moving company or do it on your own with only the people who live in your household.
Reducing your amount of close contacts is crucial when trying to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. If possible, give yourself extra time to pack, plan, and organize to maximize efficiency with a smaller team for moving in Ottawa.
Take time to do a deep clean
Before moving in Ottawa to your new home, take time to do a deep clean of all the high touch surfaces like taps, doorknobs, countertops, cupboards, and appliances. When packing your belongings, it is wise to clean as you go so that you’re sure that you’re not bringing anything into your new, clean home.
Make as few trips as possible when buying supplies
To prepare for moving in Ottawa, you’ll need moving supplies. Make a list of all of the supplies you may need and plan to buy more packing materials than you think you’ll need. Try to limit the number of stores you go to and plan as thoroughly as possible so that you don’t have to take frequent trips.
On moving day
If you are hiring a company for moving in Ottawa, then make sure everything is packed and ready to go at least 24 hours before the movers arrive. If there are items that you don’t want the movers to touch, place them aside and make sure to let them know. Try to organize your packed belongings in a way that allows you and the movers to maintain social distancing guidelines.
Depending on where you’re moving in Ottawa and if you’re renting, your landlord or rental company may have COVID specific guidelines and protocols for your moving day.
Wear a mask at all times, wash your hands frequently, and clean all high-touch surfaces after the movers have left. Advise your moving company ahead of time if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.
You can consult public health about moving in Ottawa during COVID
For questions regarding COVID-19 and to make sure your moving plan adheres to the COVID-19 guidelines, you can contact public health. They will go over the policies with you and inform you about any safety protocols for moving in Ottawa. This is not a necessary step, but if you would like a bit of reassurance, they will be able to give you suggestions or voice concerns if necessary.
Above all else, take your time. Moving in Ottawa during the second wave will not be easy, but allowing yourself enough time to plan and organize will make your move less stressful. It is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Be sure to stay up-to-date with provincial and municipal regulations and COVID-19 information.