COVID-19 is causing shutdowns all over. That includes a number of Canadian universities that have switched to online courses. Coronavirus school closures have displaced students, but U-Haul is offering to help the situation.
The famous storage and moving company is now offering one free month of storage to students who have been affected by their schools closing due to concerns about COVID-19.
All they need to do is present their student ID when renting a storage locker. The company notes that the offer is limited-time only and subject to availability.
The deal is being given to university students across both Canada and the United States.
"We don’t know how every student is affected. But we know they are affected," John Taylor, President of U-Haul said in a statement, "More and more universities are giving instructions to leave campus and go home."
"Students and their parents are in need of moving and storage solutions. We have the expertise and network to help, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do."
While U-Haul typically only offers this kind of deal to communities that are impacted by natural disasters, this is the first time ever that a month of free storage has been given out across the entire company.
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A growing number of Canadian universities are cancelling classes and moving to online learning to keep students from crowding into lecture halls.
On the west coast, the University of British Columbia is moving any classes with more than 250 students online, keeping in line with the province's current ban on gatherings that exceed that number of people.
In Alberta, three schools including the University of Alberta are suspending classes entirely, although campuses remain open.