Whether you have attended a photo workshop with us or are gearing up for one this year, we want you to know we take the health and safety of our photography workshop participants and staff very seriously.
With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the United States and across the globe, many travelers are understandably concerned, and your health and safety during our workshops are of paramount importance. Because of the uncertain nature of the spread of the coronavirus and evolving recommendations to prevent its spread, we have developed new screening and prevention policies to protect participants against COVID-19. We have also amended our trip cancellation policy. Please know that we will continue to update our protocols as the situation evolves and as more information becomes available.
At present, we STRONGLY advise all travelers to purchase a travel protection plan that will protect you in the event you or a family member become ill and cannot travel.
Furthermore, we have reevaluated our current health and safety procedures and amended them to better address preventing the spread of COVID-19 during our workshops. Effective immediately, we have implemented enhanced screening protocols.
New Screening Protocols
Under our new screening protocols, we may at our discretion decline service to a workshop participant and/or remove a staff member from a workshop under the following circumstances:
- If a participant or staff member has or will be traveling through an area identified by the CDC as warning level 3 in the 14 days prior to a scheduled workshop.
- If a participant or workshop leader has been in close contact with someone (within approximately 6 feet for any sustained period of time) of a person known to have COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to a scheduled workshop.
- If a participant or staff member develops flu-like symptoms (a fever, cough, and shortness of breath) during the 14 days prior to a scheduled workshop.
As you can see, prevention procedures involve you as an active communicator. We are relying on you to share this information with us to keep all participants safe and healthy. Your honesty and communication will enable us to offer the high-quality, engaging workshops we are known for.
We always sanitize and clean all lenses using industry-standard cleansing agents after each use. Effective immediately, we will wipe down all arm rests, door handles and light switches in the van after each outing. This prevents germs from being passed on from one user to the next.
Additionally, if a photo workshop staffer or guest develops flu-like symptoms during a workshop, per CDC guidelines, we will remove the individual(s) from the rest of the group. Any community items, disinfect any suspected items or areas of contamination, encourage them to wear a surgical mask (to help prevent the spread of their illness), and consult local agencies about the possibility of an evacuation.
Our team relies on federal, state, and local agencies and their following resources to help inform our decision making. You can learn more at:
- Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
- Johns Hopkins University dashboard
Our priority is the health and safety of our guests and our staff during our workshops. Please follow public health best practices in your daily lives and when traveling. If you meet any of the criteria for our enhanced screening for COVID-19, please contact us immediately.
To provide you with additional flexibility to make good travel decisions during this COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve modified our cancellation policies. See the revised policies below.
Thank you for your continued trust and enthusiasm for our workshops.
Our workshop cancellation in the past was strict with no refunds. Amid COVID-19, we have amended our cancellation policy for our upcoming three workshops through April 30, 2020.
Given the federal, state, local and business advisories, we have cancelled our Death Valley multi-day workshop slated for March 23-27, along with our Arches April 20-21 and Zion April 23-24 overnight workshops. Participants on these workshops will get full refunds for these three workshops.
The good news is we have rescheduled our Death Valley workshop for Dec. 8-11, 2020. We are currently working on rescheduling Arches and Zion for later in the year in the hopes that travel and routines will be back to normal then. We will update our workshop and Eventbrite pages as soon as we get the dates.
At present, our multi-day Yellowstone trip June 23-26 is still scheduled to take place. We are monitoring COVID-19 as it relates to the trip since it is still 3 months out. With advisories changing day by day, we will be evaluating its status in the weeks to come and be in touch. Please email Mikaela Ruland, our photography workshop coordinator, for any questions. at email@example.com.