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Advice for a safe move during COVID-19 pandemic

As we approach the end of April, Queen’s students who remained in Kingston are due to move out of their rental units. Other students who left earlier may also be returning to remove belongings left behind as their rental agreements come to an end.

In recognition of this, Queen’s University, in partnership with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health and the City of Kingston, would like to remind students continue to take measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Moving can be stressful at the best of times, the more so during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dr. David Walker, Special Advisor to the Principal on COVID-19. “It is vitally important that we continue to take steps to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. All of us in the Queen’s community have a role to play in protecting others, healthcare workers and the most vulnerable, by limiting our own exposure.”

Recommendations for a safe move include:

  • Limit the number of people involved with the move.
  • Coordinate your move with your landlord or property supervisor to reduce crowding, including around entrances, stairwells, or elevators.
  • Arrange with roommates to move out at separate times, especially if you have a helper involved with the move.
  • Wear non-medical masks to protect anyone outside your household who is helping you.
  • If using a moving company, only one member of the household needs to be present.
  • Everyone should practice physical distancing, keeping 2 metres (6 feet) between themselves and others, whenever possible.
  • Limit the number of people in an elevator to one (unless elevator is large enough to accommodate the physical distancing recommendation).
  • Physical distancing must be practiced in stairwells, hallways, entryways, laundry rooms, garbage rooms and other common areas.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizers frequently during and after the move.
  • If you, a roommate, or any family member who is helping with the move is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, postpone your moving plans.

If you are moving in to a new location be sure to clean up before you move in, including frequently touched areas such as toilets, bedside tables, light switches, and door handles to physically remove dirt and disinfect with water and regular household cleaning products.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health recommends that property owners and managers ensure proper infection prevention and control procedures are followed when cleaning rental properties for incoming and outgoing tenants. This includes increased cleaning of common areas that may be frequently touched by individuals while moving their belongings such as door handles, stairway railings, elevator buttons, reception desks, push plates, mail rooms, and laundry room equipment.

For more information on COVID-19 visit www.kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus.

The City of Kingston adds:

  • Close your Utilities Kingston account. A minimum of five business days are necessary to ensure the account is closed on the date requested. You can do this online at http://utilitieskingston.com/Accounts/CloseAccount or by phone at 613-546-0000. (Hydro One electricity customers can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-888-774-3111).
  • Dispose of any unwanted items properly. Use the City’s Waste Lookup tool. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kingston is allowing you to put out up to four untagged garbage bags a week for curbside collection.
  • Drop them off at paid disposal sites. These locations charge a fee for waste disposal. Items brought to them end up in landfill.
    • Waste Connections of Canada, 1266 McAdoo’s Lane,  613-548-4428. Open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
    • Waste Management, 62 St. Remy Pl., 613-549-7401 ext. 252. Open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (as of April 20, 2020).
  • Be a good neighbor. Be mindful of the property standards and solid waste bylaws and leave your property clean. The Yard and Streets and Property Standards bylaws require yards to be free of any garbage or debris. There will be bylaw officers enforcing these laws so do the smart thing and plan ahead.

Learn more about these bylaws and how to comply by visiting: www.CityofKingston.ca/Students