Coronavirus in Athens GA and how it affects your photo sessions.
Fairyography is still open and booking for sessions in June and onward. I am following all CDC guidelines and social distancing.
Available: Families and dancers. I can photograph these while 6+ft away, so I am booking for these. I will not be taking more than one session a day so that I can minimize risk. Since we have actually gotten a spring this year instead of skipping straight into summer, take advantage of the cooler weather and get your portraits made before it's gross outside again.
NOT available: Fairy sessions and small babies in the studio. Right now I cannot maintain the needed 6ft distance, so those are being booked for July or later. I know we all need some magic back in our lives (oh goodness, me too!), but I won't compromise your safety.
Ordering appointments: If you're coming alone then I can see you in the studio for ordering (with a mask for both of us), but if you need to bring the kids or spouse then you'll have a Zoom and facetime ordering appointment instead.
What sessions are affected?
See the STUDIO CALENDAR for special dates.
All sessions affected in the future will either be refunded or you'll be given the option for your session fee to be transferred to another session.
Obviously common sense applies here. Wash your hands. If you're sick, I don't want to see you. If your kids are sick, they don't want to have their photo taken anyway, so I don't want to see them. If you're under quarantine, or have had contact with someone who is, I don't want to see you. I don't care how badly you want those photos, if you get me sick by coming to your photoshoot anyway, you won't be getting your photos. I absolutely mean that. If you decide that you'll risk other families and myself by coming to your session when you know you shouldn't be, your photos will not be edited. If I'm sick, you'll be notified and you won't be seeing me.
Will our photo orders be delayed?
Fairyography does work with vendors around the world. Most of my vendors are in the USA. My album makers are in New York state and are currently mandated to be closed until May 29th.
One of my vendors is in Italy, so anything coming from there or Seattle or New York will be disinfected and allowed to sit for 5 days (long enough for the virus to die on surfaces) before being delivered to you. None of these facilities currently has the virus, and they are operating on schedule.
If I get sick and my house is quarantined, then this will change the delivery or your orders. I'll do my best not to lick your orders.
Will Fairyography still be traveling to Seattle for fairy sessions in the summer?
At this point yes, that's still the plan, because August is a long way off.
Covid-19 Cases in Athens GA
You can use www.ncov2019.live to keep yourself updated on the rest of the news on coronavirus. Georgia has a statewide shelter-in-place law that goes until April 30th. No travel except to essential businesses. All non-essential businesses are closed to the public. Photographers are non-essential, and so Fairyography may not see clients in person until April 30th, at the earliest. See that here: https://athenspoliticsnerd.com/coronavirus-mandatory-curfew/?fbclid=IwAR3OH9Z8AVmGKnbuyf70EaBmEVzrJObwLzt3IF6_TyuF4O8Kvikna8aydAo
Currently ALL Athens Clarke County events, classes, programs, and leisure services are cancelled. Visit www.accgov.com/coronavirus for more.
Are the schools closed?
All public schools in Georgia schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.
Is UGA and USG closing or staying open?
Currently students are asked to vacate, but staff remains.
UGA has sent all students home for the remainder of the semester, and has cancelled graduation ceremonies in May.
"Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.
Students who are currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. Students on campus are asked to depart campus by close of business Friday, March 13, 2020, and to remain away from campus until March 29, 2020. At this time, students are not being asked to move out of their dorms for the remainder of the semester. For students who are unable to leave campus, please establish a mechanism to safely accommodate those students on campus.
Please activate your relevant business continuity plans and ensure the operation of online instruction should that become necessary. Further guidance will follow as the situation warrants.
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia"
Any ideas on what we can do with our kids without going out?
YES! Here's a list of resources I've found:
Metropolitan Opera Live Streaming: Link here
75 Virtual museum tours: Right here: https://upgradedpoints.com/best-virtual-museum-tours/
20,000 digitized VHS shows from the 90's: https://archive.org/details/vhsvault?tab=collection (Make sure you screen this one first because there are some not-safe-for-kids links in there.
Scholastic: 20 days of learning at home : www.sholastic.com/learnathome
Digital concert hall free for 30 days: use code BERLINPHIL at www.digitalconcerthall.com/tickets
McHarper manor: Daily free art tutorials at 1pm eastern time: https://www.mcharpermanor.com/post/supply-list-for-our-first-week-of-projects
What about other community things?
State Botanical Garden: If the university is open, gardens are open. So currently the gardens are open to the public for visits from 12pm to 7pm, BUT all events have been rescheduled or cancelled.
GA Power: "Georgia Power assures customers safe and reliable service will continue during COVID-19 pandemic ATLANTA – March 13, 2020 – As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, Georgia Power wants to assure customers that the company has comprehensive plans and procedures to ensure a continuation of operations and service. The company’s detailed plans ensure readiness of the critical personnel and facilities necessary to continue providing the safe and reliable energy our customers expect and deserve.“Our teams are always prepared to respond in challenging situations and I am confident we will continue to meet the needs of our customers during this unprecedented time. It’s what we do,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Georgia Power’s operational plans, systems, infrastructure and generating plants are all designed with reliability in mind. We remain focused on ensuring both the well-being of our employees and the continuity of services for our customers.” Georgia Power also will temporarily suspend residential disconnections for the next 30 days, beginning tomorrow, and will reevaluate the policy and timeframe as the situation develops."
AT&T: "AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days, we will: Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize that staying in touch with your family, friends, school and work has never been more important. Below are a few ways we’re helping consumers, small businesses, and enterprises across the country. Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” announced today and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days, we will:Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.To provide further relief and support, AT&T announced: Unlimited AT&T Home Internet – All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Helping You Work and Learn Remotely – Businesses, universities and schools can keep their teams and classrooms connected through conference calls and video conferencing with Cisco Webex Meetings with AT&T for 90-days, and seamlessly forward calls to both mobile and landline phones with AT&T IP Flexible Reach. Distance Learning – AT&T is underwriting expenses for a “one-stop” resource center to support eLearning Days from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) available to all educators in schools to help them handle school closures and the increase in virtual learning due to COVID-19.Additional details about these commitments will be available soon."
Charter: Charter Communications is offering free service for 60 days to families of K-12 students and / or college students who do not already have our service. Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic Understanding the profound effect of COVID-19 on our daily lives, Charter is offering free service for 60 days to families of K-12 students and / or college students who do not already have our service. This will help ensure that students can continue their studies even if they are not in the classroom. Additionally, Charter has taken the FCC “Keep America Connected Pledge” and has pledged to: (1) Not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; (2) Waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and (3) Open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them. Charter remains committed to helping close the digital divide and we are proud to be able to offer this to your constituents in our footprint.
Verizon: Verizon announced today, for the next 60 days, it will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Verizon will help customers and small businesses disrupted by impact of coronavirus Company will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by global crisis Networks continue to perform strongly as Verizon accelerates investments for the future During this unprecedented period challenging the world’s health and economy, Verizon announced today, for the next 60 days, it will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Verizon today signed onto the FCC’s new “Keep Americans Connected” pledge. Verizon’s new customer commitment will help ensure connectivity and offer assistance to customers and small businesses facing challenges from the global crisis.
Oconee county library: closed, but nothing is due and no late fees, so keep your books!
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