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Are you still able to move house during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in Sydney?

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Coronavirus brought the world to a relative standstill in 2020. And now, in 2021, we’re still battling to maintain control of the spread. That means coming in and out of lockdown as and when necessary. And this creates a huge amount of uncertainty about what you can and can’t do.

But life keeps moving. And for many of us, that means physically moving. So whether it’s your home or office that’s relocating, there are many reasons why you have to move, whether there’s a worldwide pandemic or not. 

Yet, the uncertainty of the pandemic might mean you’re not sure whether you’re allowed to move. And if you are, you may not know how to do it safely. So here, you’ll find information on whether you can move during the Coronavirus lockdown. Plus some great tips on how to move house safely. 

Can I move house during the Sydney Coronavirus lockdown?

In short, yes, you can.

Many government agencies have described moving house as a completely legitimate reason to leave your home during the Sydney Coronavirus lockdown. The move must be for legitimate reasons such as an end of the lease, emergency, or seeking a settlement. So it’s advised that you keep any official residence documents on you during the move if any authorities should ask why you are out of your home. 

It is also worth mentioning that people in an LGA (Local Government Area Of Concern) can move in, out, or within any region. 

Can I move interstate during the Coronavirus lockdown?

You can move interstate during the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, but there are some documents you’ll need. Make sure you have your proof of residence, approved exemption, and approved border passes. And review the state by state information available, so you have the most up-to-date info about restrictions and requirements.

Some Australian State Governments have begun to prohibit entry from certain states flagged as high risk. They are also asking for differing levels of quarantine and isolation depending on where you’re coming from. Pretty much all states have a system that clearly shows whether you’re allowed to travel there and what requirements they might have for that travel. You can check the NSW COVID rules regarding your house move here

Can a removalist help me with the move?

During Coronavirus lockdowns, many businesses have been asked to close their doors in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. However, some businesses are allowed to continue to operate because they come under the essential services category. And removalists come under this category. This means that they can help you with the move. But there are some conditions that they have to adhere to. 

If the removalist worker lives within a restricted area – they can only complete removalist jobs within their local government district. They can’t leave to help with jobs outside of that area.

If the removalist worker lives outside of a restricted area – they can help with any moving job across Syndey. They can also help people move in or out of a restricted area because they don’t live there themselves. But, of course, they are still required to adhere to all relevant COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined on the NSW gov website.

Gold Line Removals recommendations: moving house during COVID-19 safely

It’s important to ensure that both removalists and customers are doing everything they can to help reduce Coronavirus spread. At Gold Line Removals, we’re taking all of the precautions we can to ensure our staff and customers stay safe. These recommendations are constantly reviewed to guarantee a safe move during the lockdown and when restrictions are lifted.

  • The Federal Governments’ infection control training should be completed by all members of the removals team.
  • Hand sanitizer should always be made available to the removalist team and used frequently.
  • Removalists who are feeling unwell aren’t able to work and should self-isolate to keep colleagues and customers safe.
  • This goes for customers too. So the removal company should call a day in advance to check you aren’t experiencing any flu-like symptoms. If you notice you have symptoms before this that could clash with your removal appointment, contact the team as soon as possible to rearrange your appointment.
  • You may be tempted to help the removalist with your house move. This isn’t advised as it puts you and the team at risk if anyone has Coronavirus but is asymptomatic. The most ideal situation would be to spend time at your other residence while the move is happening. But if this isn’t possible, remain meters away from the removalists at all times.
  • It’s been identified that Coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours. To tackle this, remove items as quickly as possible and safely remove the boxes from the house. Remember to avoid touching your face while handling containers and wash your hands thoroughly between each one.

Conclusion

It can be a big relief to know that moving home during the Sydney COVID-19 lockdown is still permitted. Especially if you are in a situation where moving is an emergency.

Being on top of personal safety is incredibly important during times like these. And so is making sure you have all the official documents you need. Always check the restrictions and requirements you may face. Especially if you are moving interstate as they could be vastly different from your own. And check these requirements frequently as rules can change at the drop of a hat.

Just remember that health and safety measures must be adhered to at all times. Both by yourself and your chosen removalist team to help limit the spread in your community. Because of this, it makes sense to opt for a reputable company that you know is doing their bit to keep everyone safe.

At Gold Line Removals, we continue to strictly follow all the government guidelines and recommendations. This means we’re able to keep our staff and customers safe while guaranteeing them an excellent removal experience.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is constantly changing and evolving. It can be subject to very sudden change. This means that even adhering to the information above does not guarantee that your move will go as originally planned. Because of this, we at Gold Line Removals recommend that our customers get in touch with us directly so we can let them know of any developments or changes.

It is of the utmost importance that you are aware of Coronavirus restrictions and guidelines outlined by each state. If these are not followed, fines for breaching these strict quarantine guidelines may be payable. Gold Line Removals are not currently offering removal services to the LGA of concern, and none of our employees live in one of these areas. If you are unsure about whether you are in an LGA of concern, follow this link to find out.

There are a lot of restrictions, guidelines, recommendations, and ever-changing information to stay abreast of. However, here at Gold Line Removals, we are doing everything in our power to provide a safe and seamless experience for our customers. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.