‘Our demand has not diminished’: Lethbridge moving and delivery company – Lethbridge

While the COVID-19 pandemic halts business in many sectors, moving companies in southern Alberta are still busy.

“Our demand has not decreased. In fact, it has actually increased, ”said Francois Dodier, foreman at 1Up Moving and Delivery in Lethbridge.

Dodier adds that while business is booming, the plumbing isn’t inadequate.

“We’ll put on our gloves, put on our masks,” he said. “We will greet the customer – no handshake of course.”

He says they have not had any clients in Alberta who have shown symptoms of COVID-19.

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“As long as the government doesn’t shut us down, we still plan to provide all the services someone has to do.”

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Jeff Lockridge, media and public relations manager at U-Haul Rentals, says the 22,000 locations have not yet been affected and that he should help college and university students stay in suspense.

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“You are being forced to return home,” said Lockridge.

Lockridge recommends students with valid ID apply for free 30 day storage.

“We know how these changes to the university plan have affected them,” he said.

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The ability to physically move personal items may not be an issue right now, but several real estate agents have stopped in-person screenings to increase social distancing.

Cayleigh Duffield of Lethbridge says this could be a problem for those looking to rent.

“It’s pretty difficult because when you look at pictures it can be deceiving, making it difficult to tell what a place looks like.”

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Duffield is fortunate to have started the relocation process before the pandemic hit the industry.

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“Just keep calm about the whole situation,” said Duffield. “That’s exactly how I took it.”

The main travel season in Lethbridge is usually between April and September.

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