COVID-19 Safety Precautions


We know many of you are looking forward to your next photography workshop, as are we. At Arizona Highways PhotoScapes our priority is first and foremost the safety and well being of our customers and staff. We continue to closely follow the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it pertains to our workshop locations. Our teams are monitoring the most up-to-minute information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Governor's Office of Arizona or other states where our workshops are set to take place as well as any parks involved.
In order to proceed with these workshops our team has made updates to our policies and procedures to keep our participants, our staff and the communities we visit safe and healthy. The most notable precautions we have implemented for the foreseeable future is to limit our workshops to a maximum of 8 participants, eliminate shared transportation and double occupancy options (except couples and/or family members). Other policies and procedures updates are as follows.

Precautionary Measures

We have strengthened our safety protocols to include recommendations by the CDC, WHO, and state and federal governments. We are in constant communication with our team to reinforce the importance of not reporting to a workshop if they are exhibiting any symptoms. Likewise, if at any point during a workshop a participant or team member feels ill, they should report it immediately and resign from participating in workshop activities. A team member will inform participants of their options and take the proper steps to ensure that we all stay safe and protected, should that happen.

Staff and participants will be issued masks, hand sanitizers, personal tissues, have daily temperature readings, and be provided gloves if desired. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive this new information along with the proper use of personal protective equipment and other safety precautions like the ones listed below. We kindly ask that participants sign a liability waiver and cooperate with our guidelines for participation in order to keep everyone on the workshop healthy.

Precautions team members and participants are required to take to protect others:

• Frequently wash your hands with soap and (ideally hot) running water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue to hand, then sneeze into the crease of your elbow.
• Do not travel if you feel sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
• Carry hand sanitizer with you at all times and use it frequently.
• Do not congregate in groups and remain at least 6 feet from one another.
• Do not touch other participants’ gear or camera equipment

Transportation

In workshops where transportation was originally included, we have opted to make them self-drive to comply with appropriate social distancing. A small reduction in fees and/or refund will be issued for self-driving. We’re routinely reassessing these guidelines and expect to continue monitoring them closely as time goes on and depending on the workshop situation. 

At such time when group transportation is available our staff will be implementing enhanced cleaning protocols for each workshop vehicle. This will include sanitizing and disinfecting high touch surfaces such as door handles and railings frequently. 

Lodging and Meals

We hold our vendors to the highest standards and seek properties that are aligned with the recommended requirements for cleanliness, sanitation, and social distancing. Additionally, we have implemented heightened precautions in social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and where applicable, sanitation, disinfection, and cleaning measures as guided by the CDC and WHO. 

For the foreseeable future, AHPS will no longer offer any group meals.  Those workshops that included this amenity will receive a deduction in their workshop fee associated with the budgeted item.  Water and pre-packaged snacks will continue to be available. 

Field Sessions

The natural landscape of wide-open spaces will enable participants to abide by social distancing directives during field sessions while enjoying photography together and drawing insight from our workshop Instructor. We ask that participants and staff refrain from touching each other’s camera equipment and gear; do not congregate in groups; remain 6 feet apart from others at all times, and wear a mask should you require assistance from the instructor or staff member. Instructors and photo guides will be wearing masks when assisting others in the field.

Staff will make backcountry hand washing stations available for use while in the field sessions. 

Classroom Sessions

Many participants look forward to the opportunity to share insights with each other and learn new tips and techniques from analyzing images in the classroom and working through post-processing ideals. At this time, we are evaluating alternatives to classroom sessions as our current venues do not comply with social distancing. Some options include securing a larger meeting space where social distancing standards can be met, wearing masks when one-on-one assistance is required, and/or offering virtual post-workshop image critiques. Updates will be disclosed as decisions are made.

Customer Registrations

We have suspended our workshop operations through July 31, 2020. Our team is working directly with all affected customers to transfer them to future dates or issue refunds. Reach out if you have questions about the status of your workshop registration: info@ahps.com.

We’re examining every aspect of every workshop, to ensure that we meet or exceed appropriate guidelines, requirements, and recommendations of the U.S. State Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and local governments. Any changes to workshop itineraries will be communicated to participants as soon as we make those decisions.

If you have future travel planned, please continue to review the travel advisories or warnings for your workshop destination from the U.S. State Department, the CDC, and the World Health Organization.  We’ll continue to keep confirmed workshop participants informed as new info or guidance comes in, and will update this message accordingly.

Thank you for choosing Arizona Highways PhotoScapes for your photography workshop. We look forward to photographing beautiful landscapes with you again soon.