As COVID-19 overwhelms the nation it brings us unavoidable disruptions to our everyday living. Many businesses are modifying their operations limiting the capacities at which they operate. Meanwhile, regular people are experiencing a series of necessary restrictions in order to preserve their health. The problem is that the measures may vary from state-to-state and sometimes even from city-to-city. In order to adapt to some of the enact conditions, very few people are leaving New Jersey and settling down in another state amid coronavirus outbreak. But, is it advisable?
Leaving New Jersey and settling down in another state
Currently, we are facing an unprecedented situation. As such, it requires peculiar measures which some people see as the necessity to leave tightly populated areas. In some cases, it's really necessary to do so, but in most cases, the general attitude is to postpone it if possible. Another thing that makes it harder is the substantial reduction in services. Many are wondering if the moving services are still working. Not only they are working but they are deemed as essential. Even more, if you really must leave, than it's better to proceed with the help of professionals. That way you have a better chance to avoid being in contact with the disease. You can move hassle-free to South Carolina, but you should check the local Carolina regulations before doing so.
Things to consider before traveling out of NJ
There are two things you should consider before leaving NJ:
- If your move is absolutely necessary
- How to properly protect yourself and others?
If your move is absolutely necessary
There are several situations when it might be necessary to move:
- People who already have all the arrangements set – since this outbreak came without warning, many people were surprised in the middle of negotiations or arrangements. Often times the financial consequences are not allowing them to cancel their deals, so they have no other choice but to move.
- Those who have obtained their homes right before the outbreak – just like previous, people are in the middle of their packing and moving preparations to their new homes. Families with kids are spending their entire savings in order to obtain larger homes.
- Students due to closing – since educational institutions are closed, students are forced to go back to their homes. It's unlikely that they can financially endure living on their own in a situation like this. At least, up to a certain degree, they are having privileges to store their possessions until everything is back to normal.
- Temporary visitors – Snowbirds, and other sessional visitors who have nowhere else to go, have to go back to their primary homes.
- People who need to move because of medical conditions, and/or require additional medical attention – like seniors from various communities that are under constant pressure since they belong to a vulnerable group. For some of them, it's more dangerous to remain in their communities due to the increased virus spreading.
Is it possible to travel?
While residents can go outside to exercise or to obtain groceries and medical attention, traveling to another state is a completely different matter. Generally speaking, it is not forbidden. You can still travel out of state if you have means to do so since many public transportation options are facing reduction. But it's the "absolute must" to practice social distancing no matter what you do. Another thing, upon arriving at a new destination, people should prepare for 14 days of self-quarantine and isolation. However, many things are changing on a daily level, so you should always check your facts before moving.
What's the situation in the area where you are going?
Before starting your packing you should start checking the stories about the situation across the state. It's important to realize that you will have more chances to infect yourself if you are moving to the areas that are hit hardest. To clear all the suspicions, you should contact your destination's local health department and ask them about the situation. Also, check with the local logistic companies and professional service providers to see how you should proceed with transporting your possessions.
Do you belong to vulnerable groups?
Particular groups of people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. Older adults and others with a compromised immune system are more likely to get ill. Also, people with severe medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and especially those with respiratory problems, are at the highest risk of developing complications from new coronavirus infection.
How to properly protect yourself and others?
Can you protect yourself during travels?
Not only protect yourself but protect others from you. There are many cases where people are not showing symptoms but are spreading the virus to others. You have to be sure you are taking all the precautions in order to have a safe journey. Avoid traveling in groups, and avoid making stops at gathering points. Even with social distancing, gathering spots are the worst when it comes to safety measures.
Are your household possessions in good hands?
Companies that are essential during the outbreak have to follow and implement policies and protocols in order to operate safely. Moving companies, storage facilities, special packing and cleaning service providers all have to provide the maximum level of sanitary conditions. Their workers must be under protection in the same manner as their clients. No one is allowed to work sick and the complete protective equipment is necessary. The social distancing is just a part of precautions and measures against virus spreading. You still have to use your items after transportation is over.
General measures of protection
- Clean your hands often
- Clean and disinfect surfaces around you
- Avoid close contact with people
- Cover your mouth and nose when close to others
- Cover coughs and sneezes in the best possible way
- Constantly check for updates on news and websites.
Leaving New Jersey and settling down in another state amid coronavirus outbreak doesn't have to be dangerous if you are following rules. But, if you have the means to avoid traveling at all, then it's probably the best solution. Stay safe.