A Personal Note from Julia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As we return to work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to assure you of my continued commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace environment and that I'm taking additional measures to protect you and your families from the spread of COVID-19. As part of those efforts, I have implemented a new Social Distancing Policy. Please read this policy carefully below.
Additionally, thank you so much for sticking with me, especially while the events surrounding us are so uncertain. I am ready to continue to serve you, your family and friends.
One Person or One Family at a Time – I am currently taking session appointments and working with one person at a time during individual portrait sessions or one family at a time as long as they have been quarantining together for the duration of shelter in place orders.
Equipment Cleaning Routines – I have increased my cleaning routines before, during, and after each session. I disinfect all frequently used gear and carry hand sanitizer and wash my hands frequently.
Face Mask – I wear an appropriate clean face mask with cute patterns so kids see it as a fun + safe piece of PPE at every session.
Open for Wedding Bookings + Album Consultations - I remain open for bookings after early summer and into 2021. Please reach out to me as I continue to work in outdoor locations. I am happy to schedule a video call for new client meetings and product consultations.
Business Liability Insurance - I carry a million dollar Business Liability Insurance Policy to assure that you and I are protected from any general liability claims associated with Julia Zave Photography LLC.
Social Distancing Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Importance of Social Distancing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19 is limiting face-to-face contact with others, known as social distancing or physical distancing. The Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA) similarly recommends increased social distancing when preparing workplaces to respond to COVID-19.
This Social Distancing Policy is a key part of my overall strategy and commitment to maintaining a healthy workplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although knowledge about the virus and how it spreads are evolving, based on the information we have now, these measures will help curb its spread. Compliance with this policy is essential because current consensus on the virus suggests, among other things, that:
• COVID-19 is highly contagious.
• COVID-19 spreads mostly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet, or two arms' lengths) for a prolonged time period (between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the distance).
• The virus generally spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose get in the air and land in the mouths or noses of nearby people.
• A person who has the virus may not have any symptoms but may still spread COVID-19.
• A person can get COVID-19 by touching another person, such as with a handshake, or by touching another surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
• The virus can live on surfaces for up to several days, depending on the surface and other conditions.
For these reasons, the CDC and other public health experts have recommended limiting contact with other people and common surfaces to limit the spread of COVID-19. I need your full cooperation and compliance with these measures to make them effective in this new work environment.
Social Distancing Measures
Following the CDC's guidance, I require that you comply with the following protocols and procedures while on-location or on-set.
- Six-Foot Distance. Maintain a six-foot distance from others when crossing paths or walking near others'. Observe all space markings and traffic flow directions, including pathways between people and other areas where six-foot distancing is not possible with two-way traffic flow.
- No Physical Greetings. Do not shake hands or greet others in any manner that requires physical contact (such as fist or elbow bumps). In the "new normal" this is considered polite, not rude.
- Session Visitor Limitations. All personal visitors are prohibited until further notice, except in cases of emergency. All other visitors are prohibited unless they are essential to the performance of the job. Julia is currently taking session appointments and working with one person at a time during individual portrait sessions or one family at a time as long as they have been quarantining together for the duration of shelter in place orders.
- Shared Supplies and Equipment. I does not share supplies and equipment. If you need to use this equipment:
- disinfect equipment with wipes before and after each use on all touch surfaces.
- maintain a six-foot distance from others when waiting to use the equipment;
- use hand sanitizer before and after each use; and
- use disposable gloves provided when using shared equipment
- Schedule Changes: 48 hours prior to each scheduled session, Julia is asking all clients the following screening questions:
- QUESTION – 1: Have you been knowingly around someone who has tested positive?
- QUESTION – 2: Do you have any symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever
- QUESTION – 3: Have you traveled out of the country in the last 14 days?
Anyone who answers ‘Yes’ to any of the above 3 questions will be asked to reschedule their session.
- Be Flexible. Please adhere to new guidelines as they emerge, as this issue is new and evolving.
Policy Modification Government and public health guidelines and restrictions and business and industry best practices regarding COVID-19 are changing rapidly as new information becomes available and further research is conducted. Julia Zave Photography reserves the right to modify this policy at any time in its sole discretion to adapt to changing circumstances and business needs, consistent with its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. Enforcement and Non-Retaliation Failure to comply with these social distancing measures will result in termination of your session. Policy Administration Julia Zave Photography is responsible for administering and enforcing this policy. If you have any questions regarding this policy, or if you have questions about health and safety that are not addressed in this policy, please contact Julia below.