As of December 2021, the UK government has confirmed there are no restrictions on moving and travelling within England. So if you want to relocate to London, you can absolutely do so. However, some requirements and safety guidelines need to be followed.
Most of the rules placed by the government when it comes to home relocations concern social distancing, with some of them being:
Currently, you don’t have to have a green certificate to move within London and England. If you wish to relocate to Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland, you need to check the regulation at your desired destination. There might be changes in the travel rules.
Another reassuring fact is that in its last report from early December 2021 the British Association of Removers (BAR) states: “Despite the emergence of the new Omicron variant, there are currently no restrictions being placed upon the home moving market..” BAR is an international organisation recognised as the main trading body of the removals industry. Its members are some of the biggest and most reputable companies in the UK. The association regularly issues guidelines and protocols that need to be followed to ensure the quality of the provided services and the safety of both clients and movers.
Some significant changes have been implemented when delivering removal and storage services. You can expect to:
From the start of the pandemic, removal companies have begun to enforce new safety protocols when it comes to personal hygiene, PPEs and disinfection.
Since the majority of the rules can significantly limit your contact with other people, your relocation can be hard to plan but not impossible. There are still ways to safely transfer your belongings from point A to point B without unnecessary risks.
This is a great option if you are relocating within city limits and don’t have a lot of belongings. The man and van moving team consist of two people – the designated driver and the other one helping with the loading of the boxes. However, you can easily request only a driver and pack and load your belongings yourself. It will be hard and uncomfortable, but this way you can avoid all interactions with people. Since most small companies are not members of BAR, they operate under the government’s safety guidelines.
Homeowners who plan a largescale relocation with lots of furniture and boxes should consider this option. Coordinate with your removal company every detail of the relocation process over the phone. Leave your current house and book a hotel for a day or two. During this time, the movers will enter your home, pack everything, move it to the new location and unpack it. Then book a cleaning company to disinfect your new house and safely move. This option is pricey, but if you have children or immunocompromised family members, it will save you a lot of stress.
There is, of course, a third option that can save you both time and money. You can order packing materials and hire moving crates to be delivered to your doorstep. The containers are made of high-quality plastic and have been thoroughly disinfected. Carefully pack your belongings, making sure everything is neatly arranged in the containers. Once you are good to go, the movers will come, load and transport your items. They will do the unloading and leave. It will be up to you to unpack and arrange your new home. You can request a courier to take the used crates from your doorstep. It may sound like a standard moving procedure, but the strict safety guidelines will prevent you from having unwanted interaction with people outside your household.
Both the UK government and BAR are advising to move only when needed. If you choose to relocate, follow these rules when picking a moving company:
As for you, the customers must be responsible and follow the governmental safety guidelines when it comes to social distancing and people interactions. It may sound scary, but basically, all you need o do is wear a mask and talk on the phone. Your movers will handle the rest.
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