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Covid-19 – Level 4 Update – November 2020

A statement from Purdie Worldwide Removals & Storage Ltd’s Managing Director, Neil Purdie:

Following on from our previous statement, here at Purdie Worldwide we are continually monitoring the Covid-19 situation that we all find ourselves facing, and although the country has pulled together, the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better any time soon.  I’m sure everyone like us, will be hoping that a vaccine is in the offering sooner rather than later, we can return to some form of normality.

Although we are working far and wide across the whole of the UK, as of 6pm this evening our head office in West Lothian will be subject to a Tier 4 lockdown. We need to have faith in the powers that be, that this is manageable if the correct procedures are followed by everyone. We ourselves have had the need for staff to self-isolate through this period, but thankfully everyone is well, and long may that continue.

As things stand the housing market has not been closed and we continue to “move” though these times with extreme caution. The most recent guidance states that moving can be done providing the correct measures are in place. We have gone above and beyond to keep our staff and customers as safe as possible here at Purdie Worldwide.

Like other companies, we have had to make many, many changes to ensure the safety of all our staff and customers alike. Ensuring that all activities we carry out are done in as safe a manner as physically possible. Unfortunately this comes with a cost that we have absorbed so far without the need to increase costs to our customers, as we also appreciate this in no one’s fault and no one can be charged extra for something out with their control.

What have we introduced?

Customer Safety Mandates, PPE, Risk Assessments, More Frequent Cleaning Registers, Staff “Bubbles”, Sanitising Stations, Track and Trace, Fogging Machines are only some of the measures that have been proactively put in place. As well as Staff Covid-19 Handbooks and regular checks and audits to maintain the safety levels that we expect.

As a team I want to thank all of our office staff and crews for stepping up during the darkest hours. As mentioned in one of previous statements “never in war, recession or storm have we found ourselves having to close down” but this was the case earlier this year for a 10 week period.

Once again I need to thank the staff that are working tirelessly through this period, the housing market is extremely busy at the minute and at times some work needs to be turned away. We find ourselves facing the volumes of work that we get during the summer months, this always seems a little bit easier with many hours of daylight and sunshine, but we currently find ourselves arriving to work in the dark and leaving in the dark. So my hat goes off to all for the effort shown not just recently, but throughout the year.

The most recent guidance with regards to moving house can be found below but please don’t hesitate to contact us as we do remain operational through these times, either by e-mail: info@purdieworldwide.co.uk or by calling 01506 652792.

Yours Sincerely,

Current Guidance

You can read about what changes we’ve already made in our previous article here, but please find below links to the most recent government guidance.

Scottish Guidance – https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-moving-home/

Can Moving still take place?

In answer to this question, Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick has stated the following: “Yes the housing market will remain open throughout this period. Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following current guidance.”

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Devolved Regions:

Scotland; the updated guidance makes clear that home moves will contiune to be permitted, provided the can be carried out safely. People can move home in all protection levels, and to and from areas with different levels. People may wish to consider whether they can postpone a move and related activities in areas subject to level 4 protections. Businesses can also continue to support people to move home in all areas, following relevant guidance. This includes carrying out activities in people’s homes.

We understand that many of our customers may have concerns over the current corona virus/Covid-19 and how it can potentially affect their home moves. Our overriding aim is to ensure the safety of our staff and customers whilst maintaining our usual high level of care and service. As part of that aim, we realise how important it is to keep both staff and customers updated, and we have therefore written this post to let you know the steps we are taking to ensure your removal continues with as little disruption as possible.