We have redesigned our studio space and our vehicles to make them COVID-19 compliant, if an event is on hold we can’t yet run it, but if its marked compliant we are good to go and you should be able to find dates on the relevant experience.
Further to the Government update yesterday and the road map that has been laid out by them, we should be able to operate our business as follows (if the guidelines remain the same). We have summarised the steps, dates and what we believe we can do, followed by more information and exerts from the road map document to support this. We hope this seems clear, but of course please do contact us should you have any queries.
Step 1 – 8th/29th March. No change we will still be shut
Step 2 – 12th April. ‘One to one’ sessions available for safari park and studio (no indoor or outdoor social mixing) for anyone who can safely reach us
Step 3 – 17th May Outdoor events up to 6 people and ‘one to one’ sessions for anyone
Step 4 – 21st June All group events and tours as well as one to one’s. Our business should be fully re-opened
Step 1 – 8th/29th March
No change we will still be shut
- From 8 March, the Stay at Home restriction will continue but it will be amended so that people can leave home for recreation as well as exercise outdoors – with their own household, support or childcare bubble, or with one person from another household. Social distancing and other safe behaviours should be followed.
- From 29 March People will be able to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or with one other household, though people from different households will still need to socially distance from each other. This will apply in all outdoor settings, including private gardens. Applying either limit provides greater flexibility, recognising the different situations faced by families and individuals; two households will be more helpful for families, while the Rule of 6 is likely to help people in different households to reunite outdoors, including those living alone or in shared accommodation. Those eligible to form a support bubble will still be able to do so, enabling close contact for many of those in most need of support, and will continue to be counted as part of the same household.
- Guidance will set out how people can see others safely: the evidence is clear that this is safest to do in the open air, at a safe distance, while minimising the frequency of social gatherings and the numbers present wherever possible. It will remain critical – with most people still unprotected by vaccines – that people continue to follow the guidance, use common sense and socially distance from other households.
- As a result of these changes, people will no longer be legally required to Stay at Home. Many of the lockdown restrictions, however, will remain in place. Unless an exemption already applies, it will not be possible to meet people from other households indoors and many business premises will remain shut. Guidance will set out that people should continue to work from home where they can. People should continue to minimise travel wherever possible, and should not be staying away from home overnight at this stage.
Step 2 – 12th April
‘One to one’ sessions available for safari park and studio (no indoor or outdoor social mixing) for anyone who can safely reach us
- Social contact rules in England will not change further at this point. Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to 6 people or 2 households as in Step 1, and no indoor mixing will be allowed unless otherwise exempt.
- Additional premises will be able to reopen but should only be visited alone or with household groups: non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers, salons and close contact services; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms and spas (but not including saunas and steam rooms, which are due to open at Step 3). Overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation – those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities – can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. The Government will open public buildings such as libraries and community centres. Activities such as driving tests may also resume.
- The majority of outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events. The rules on social contact outdoors will apply in these settings.
- People should continue to work from home where they can, minimise domestic travel where they can. International holidays will still be prohibited.
Step 3 – 17 May
Outdoor events up to 6 people and ‘one to one’ sessions for anyone
- In Step 3, all but the most high-risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and premises must not cater for groups larger than the legal limits. Sectors which will reopen include:
- Indoor hospitality, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain;
- Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas;
- Indoor entertainment, such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas;
- Remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs;
- Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes; and
- The Government will lift most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with 1 other household, though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data. People will be asked to follow guidance on how to meet safely, for example by minimising the size of gatherings and meeting outdoors where possible.
Step 4 – 21 June
All group events and tours as well as one to one’s. Our business should be fully re-open
- Step 4 will take place no earlier than 21 June, and at least five weeks after Step 3, following a further review of the data against the four tests. As before, the Government will announce one week in advance whether restrictions will be eased as planned.
127. With appropriate mitigations in place, by Step 4, the Government aims to:
- Remove all legal limits on social contact, publishing accompanying guidance on how best to reduce the risk of transmission and protect ourselves and loved ones;
- Reopen the remaining closed settings, including nightclubs and enable large events, including theatre performances, above the Step 3 capacity restrictions, subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme (set out in paragraphs 132 to 134) and potentially using testing to reduce the risk of infection, subject to further evaluation; and
- Remove all limits on weddings and other life events, subject to the outcome of the scientific Events Research Programme.
Further to the Government announcement of a new national lockdown in the UK from 05.01.21, we will be postponing all in person events due to take place between 05.01.21 and 22.02.21. We will of course contact everyone who is due to attend and we will be able to open again as soon as the Government lifts restrictions.
Further to the Government announcement of a new national lockdown in the UK from 05.11.20, we will be postponing all events due to take place between 05.11.20 and 02.12.20. We will of course contact everyone who is due to attend and we will be able to open again as soon as the Government lifts restrictions.
The Knowsley area is currently in local lockdown but the restrictions are for local residence socialising, all of our events are currently one to ones so this does not affect our current offering. If you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact us about your booking.
Events currently running
One to One Safari Sessions, Bite Size, Half Day and Full day
One to One Macro Sessions, Bite Size, Half Day and Full day
Wolf Pack Photography Workshop, this event is for 2 guests only is outside and we can easily have 2 metres social distancing
Mountain Ponies of Carneddau, we are watching local restrictions but currently with a group size of 4 outside this is compliant
Harvest Mouse Photography Workshop, 1 guest only
Macro Masterclass, 1 guest only
Macro Workshop, 1 guest only
Power Hour Training, Online
12 Week Introduction to Creative Photography, Online
Events currently on hold
Macro Workshop Creative Lighting
Elephant Safari Photography Workshop
Big Cat Photography Workshop – Knowsley and Woburn
Safari Photography Workshop – Knowsley and Woburn
Super Macro and Focus Stacking with Oliver Wright
Lion Photography Morning Special