Allow Photographers to Resume Work in Ontario

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As the economy in Ontario begins opening up, it would seem that photographers have been left out of the re-opening framework. Although several businesses have been permitted to open within the physical distancing, group size limits, and sanitation regulations, our community of photographers has received no such permission.

Photographers are in a unique position to carry out our work in a safe, low-risk way. We can easily photograph our subjects outdoors at a more than reasonable physical distance and never need to be within 6 feet of our clients. We also have the ability to work within the Provincial group gathering limits and are happy to do so.

Photographers rely on income from events and seasonal outdoor work - so while we understand event income will not be feasible for quite some time, we are attempting to salvage any potential income we could earn from summer & fall sessions. As photographers who truly believe we are in an excellent position to return to work safely, we are asking for the Government of Ontario to assess our situation and provide us with guidelines to allow us to resume services as soon as possible. We have willingly complied with the shutdown and have not worked for 10 or more weeks. Due to the seasonal nature of our businesses, many of us were only just beginning to get back to regular work for the year when COVID-19 closures began. We need to feed our families, pay our mortgages, and protect our businesses!

While we understand that our services may not seem as essential as retail or dare we say it... golf... we are tax-paying small business owners who need the Province's support to re-open. The CERB has been deeply appreciated but in truth, it's not going to help for much longer. Many businesses in Ontario rely on our services for marketing and sales, and require content creation in order to effectively re-open their own businesses. We need to work and can do so very safely.

We are more than willing to comply with all the necessary measures to keep our valued clients safe! We know that we can easily provide our services while practising physical distancing and behaving in a socially responsible way. We ask you to please consider our request so that we can begin to legally work again, pay our bills, and reinvest in our economy.

Thank you for your time & consideration.

Jennifer van Son & Lindsay Coulter
@jennifervansonphoto // @lcoulterphoto