Changes to our business regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) & latest updates
Alise Black Photographic Studios in Melbourne and Sydney are registered COVID Safe businesses. In this blog you may read more about how we are managing the studios and our client's expectations during outbreaks.
Currently we have had 8 months of closures over the past 18 months in either one or both cities. During these forced closures, we make decisions based on statistical analysis, government and health advise, also learned experiences during the pandemic. We give our client's the clearest communication possible to manage expectations and minimise the risks associated with closures.
The changes we have made to our business from March 2020 during the pandemic are available to read at the bottom of this blog. Our client's and team's health and well being is our upmost priority.
Blog Update: July 27, 2021
Our Melbourne Studio is open! We look forward to seeing clients this week. Our Sydney Studio remains closed. Further announcements are due to be released by the NSW Government on or around the 30th of July 2021. We deeply value and appreciate our clients support and understanding during this time.
Blog Update: July 20, 2021
As per the Victorian Government announcement, all of Victoria will be in hard lockdown from 11.59pm 15 July, 2021 until Tuesday 11.59pm 27 July 2021. Our Melbourne studio will be closed to clients during this time. All clients have been notified and rescheduled. Our Sydney Studio remains closed until 31 July 2021 (at this stage), as per the NSW Government Lockdown requirements.
Blog Update: July 12, 2021
Upon leaving Sydney on June 24, 2021, both Treia and I completed 14 days isolation in Victoria, which was a requirement of the Victorian Government after leaving a 'red zone'. Both of us were tested at day 1 and day 13, with negative results. This isolation period was precautionary only. We have not been in any contact with a known case or in any locations of concern. Our Melbourne Studio is open and we are taking bookings for both cities*.
Victorian boarder closed to NSW at 11.59pm July 11, 2021.
Blog Update: June 26, 2021
Our industry is part of the COVID19 Lockdown and Government forced closures in New South Wales. Our Sydney clients have been contacted and rescheduled to a future date.
*We are accepting bookings for future dated sessions in Sydney, under the proviso that there may need to be slight adjustments to dates, once restrictions in trading are lifted and we can reconfirm our new schedule.
Our deepest appreciation to our client's who continue to be supportive and flexible with their dates. We understand the importance of keeping communities safe. We kindly ask our clients to be patient, as we try to make the best decisions with the evolving and often last minute instructions from Sate Governments and Chief Health Officers.
We are very grateful for the clients in both Sydney and Melbourne who have stood by us over the last 18 years, especially the last 18 months. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Stay safe and we wish you the very best during this time. Alise _______
Blog Update: June 17, 2021
Victorian Circuit Breaker COVID-19 Government restrictions are being eased at midnight June 17, 2021
Melbourne appointments will resume after this time with Covid-19 Safe practices in place and in line with VicHealth requirements. _______
Blog Update: May 28, 2021
Our Melbourne Studio is part of Circuit Breaker COVID-19 Government forced closures in Victoria. We are accepting bookings for future dated sessions in Melbourne, under the proviso that there may need to be slight adjustments to dates, once restrictions in trading are lifted and we can reconfirm our new schedule.
Our deepest appreciation to our client's who continue to be supportive, flexible with their dates and patient during this challenging time.
Blog Update: January 19, 2021
Bookings have returned to normal for both Cities!
We want to assure all our clients that we are keeping up to date with all the latest COVID-19 requirements and we are registered with both NSW & VIC as a COVID SAFE business. As usual with our studios in Sydney and Melbourne, the client experience is very private, pampering and keeping everyone safe during this time is our upmost priority.
Blog Update: December 27, 2020
As announced on 20 December 2020, the boarder is closed between Victoria and New South Wales for people in Greater Sydney and Northern Beaches. Like many businesses and families that cross state boarders regularly, this imposes some challenges for Alise, Treia and the staff of our duel city studios. Until the Victorian Government allows people who spend time in Sydney to travel freely over the VIC/NSW boarder, without the 2 week mandatory paid hotel quarantine, our team will again be working in one city.
Our Melbourne Studio will continue to trade under covid safe requirements from 5 January 2021, after our festive season closure. Our Sydney studio will offer appointments from February 2021. Once again this year, we wait on State Government announcements regarding boarder closures. We sincerely appreciate our client's patience during this time. Stay safe and we hope you enjoy some lovely family time over this festive season.
Blog Update: November 22, 2020
We are thrilled to have both our cities reopen! Welcome back Melbourne! We have missed you dearly. Thank you for your support and staying with us. Appointments have been rescheduled for all the client's on our waitlist into November, December and January.
We look forward to creating a pampering, wonderful experience for all our client's in both cities.
Blog Update: September 7, 2020 Our Sydney studio remains open and we are taking booking as per the highest levels of COVID-19 health and safety standards. The Victorian Government's Stage 4 Restrictions and 4 Level Road Map announced yesterday, means sadly like many industries in Victoria, our Melbourne studio is required to continue to temporarily close to clients. We will wait until the Governments projected date of 23 November 2020 for further advice, when hopefully restrictions will be eased and we will be able to quickly reopen our Melbourne Studio. Clients with appointments booked between now and then have been notified today. Further details are below in our updated COVID-19 blog, about how we are managing the studios during this time to create a safe and enjoyable experience.
Blog Update: August 4, 2020 We want to assure all our clients that we are keeping up to date with all the latest COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. As usual with our studios in Sydney and Melbourne, the client experience is very private, pampering and keeping everyone safe during this time is our upmost priority. The Victorian Government's Stage 4 Restrictions, sadly like many industry's, does mean that our Melbourne studio is required to temporarily close to clients. We will wait for further advice from the Government mid September, when hopefully restrictions will be eased and we will be able to quickly reopen our Melbourne Studio. Clients with appointments booked between now and then have been notified today and their appointments rescheduled. On a more positive note, we are operating in Sydney and doing everything possible to create a COVID-safe environment for our clients and team. We are still taking extra precautions on sanitising, extensive cleaning and spacing clients experiences. Masks, gloves and hand sanitiser are all available in our studios. To ensure the safety of our team and clients, please call us to reschedule if you are unwell or have had any cold or flu symptoms in the last 14 days. Please ensure you follow the government requirements with regards to self isolation if you have any minor symptoms, have travelled overseas, visited a hotspot or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. We are checking temperatures on arrival and following the required health and safety guidelines to keep our studio a safe place. Anyone showing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or a high temperature will be rescheduled. Please bring your own robe to the session if needed to cover clothing during styling. We are unable to provide robes during this time. Whilst we all adapt to ongoing changes, we appreciate everyone playing their part to keep us all safe. _______
Blog Update: June 1, 2020
We are thrilled! Today, the Australian Federal and State Governments have made considerable changes to the health restrictions in Australia regarding COVID-19. In Victoria and New South Wales, some restrictions on the beauty industry were lifted.
Since our studios opened in 2003, we have provided a wide variety of professional photography, hair and makeup and styling services. We are delighted to continue this experience for our clients. We have started reopening bookings for our Melbourne Studio. As we monitor the lifted social restrictions in both states and interstate travel logistics, we will begin to schedule our Sydney clientele, once the health situation stabilises. The comfort, health and wellbeing of our client's is our upmost priority. We will be providing our service in line with our blog post on 17 March 2020 below. Please contact us to discuss your professional photography requirements. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Blog Update: March 25,2020
As announced by the Government of Australia, trading restrictions are now in place for many businesses regarding COVID19. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide professional photography including hair and makeup services, during this public health crisis.
We will be available for phone consultations, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm on our studio mobile 0403 177 814, to discuss our professional photography services. We have a priority wait list for when bookings are able to reopen, which we would love to discuss with you.