Can I Move House During Lockdown?
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Moving out can be a stressful process, even more so when you’re in a pandemic! There are certain rules and regulations that Sydney residents must abide by to ensure all-around safety in these times.
So, given these peculiar circumstances, are you allowed to move house during lockdown? If you’re in the Sydney region, read the information below for guidance.
What are the current guidelines?
According to government guidelines, it’s good news. You are allowed to move house throughout New South Wales provided that you are carrying official residence information with you at all times.
Officially, individuals are allowed to move house due to the end of the lease, for emergency reasons, and settlement. Where authorities question your movement, simply show your documents.
Stay at home orders are currently in operation in the Greater Sydney region, including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Shellharbour and Wollongong.
Therefore, you must travel safely when entering these areas from other rural locations.
Upon entering these areas, you will be asked to follow stay at home rules for 14 days, which should give you ample time to start settling into your new home.
What is the official recommendation?
Despite the official guidelines, it is recommended that you should put off moving home unless it is absolutely essential for you.
This is particularly advised in areas classified as COVID-19 hotspots, such as the Greater Sydney region.
Can you recruit the help of removalists?
House-movers can rely on the help of removalists during the pandemic as we are considered to be an essential logistic service for moving goods between locations.
Removalists operating in restricted areas are required to stick to their region and must not take up jobs outside of their area.
However, if a removal company resides outside a restricted area, such as Campbelltown Removals & Storage, we are able to move in and out of surrounding areas in Sydney irrespective of restrictive guidelines.
Removal companies are required to review operational procedures and make sure they coincide with current regulations.
At Campbelltown Removals & Storage, we will consider each job on a case by case basis and make sure to keep customers as safe as possible.
What can you do to make your move as safe as possible?
If you have tested positive/are showing symptoms of/have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19, it’s a good idea to let your removalist know.
Removal companies will do their very best to support your move and change timings according to your quarantine requirements.
If you want to take extra precautions, it is possible to pack up your items yourself to limit contact with others.
Lastly, if you’re in the Greater Sydney area, current guidelines state that you are not allowed to meet up with any friends or family. This means that you should not recruit unofficial help when moving home.
For other New South Wales residents, you can have up to five visitors in your home to help with your move.