We acknowledge the Government’s “Working safely during coronavirus Guidance” statement relating to shops and or similar environments issued on 25th May 2020 which states that Photography Studios can be open from the 15th June 2020. The health, safety and welfare of our staff, customers and visitors is of paramount importance to us. In accordance with lockdown restrictions, the studio is currently closed for business but when restrictions are lifted and most importantly when it is safe to do so, the studio will operate in accordance with Covid-19 advice given by HM Government and our Local Authority as well as the Master Photographers Association Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocol summarised below.
1. Studio cleaning policy
Before and after every studio session the studio is deep cleaned by using disinfectant / isopropyl alcohol and/or steam cleaning. All surfaces that could be touched and all props used are sanitised. All blankets and outfits used are washed between portrait sessions. The studio will be aired thoroughly to minimise any droplets in the air.
2. Time between sessions
At least 1 hour will be left between sessions to enable a deep clean of all surfaces and accessories to take place and to ensure there is no contact between customers arriving and leaving the premises.
3. Sick policy
Before their session, customers will be required to disclose if anyone coming to the session has had a fever or any other symptoms such as coughs, sickness or vomiting or has been in contact with anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms, suspected of having Covid-19 or has had a Covid-19 positive test result. If necessary, appointments will be re-arranged at no cost.
4. Self monitoring
All photographers / staff and customers will be required to monitor their temperatures and health before coming into the studio. Disposable gloves and masks will be available in the studio and these should be used as deemed necessary and appropriate.
5. Hand Washing
All photographers and staff will be required to thoroughly wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before all sessions. Appropriate sanitising hand gels will be made available and customers will be requested to use these upon arrival at the studio.
6. Social distancing
Every effort will be made to keep the 2m social distancing advice at all times where possible both in the studio and on location. This includes no shaking of hands. Parents may be asked to help move their children and adjust their hair or clothing as requested by the photographer. During the portrait session instructions to the clients will be given from the distance stipulated by and in accordance with the social distancing rules. Due to the restrictions imposed by social distancing, it may not be appropriate to offer usual studio sessions and poses. We operate an appointment only booking system to ensure no contact between customers and we minimise risk to photographers and staff by ensuring that the measures in this protocol are conveyed to customers before their appointments.
7. Covid-19 Customer Safety & Welfare Policy
Upon request, we will put in place a bespoke Health & Safety plan to meet the specific requirements of a portrait session / customer. We will advise customers of reasonable measures which are to be taken if their risk assessment has identified that the 2 metre distance is not feasible and cannot be maintained during their time at the studio. These measures will include but are not limited to gloves and masks worn by staff and customers.
8. Five Steps to safer working together
Before we start taking studio bookings:
- We will carry out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment with regard to distancing and reasonable measures guidance and share it with all the people who work here
- We will have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We will have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home where possible
- We will have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2 metre distance in the studio
- Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, we will do everything practical to manage transmission risk.
9. Continuing updates
We are committed to checking for continuing updates and to making adjustments in accordance with any new regulations issued by HM Government and our Local Authority.