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Russel Northe MLA:
Photographers Capture the Moment

Face-coverings can be removed where practicable for professional photography shoots.

By Portal Admin - 25th October 2020 - Back to News

Member for Morwell Russell Northe has today welcomed clarification that face-coverings can be removed where practicable for professional photography shoots.

Mr Northe had previously sought guidance from the State Government after being contacted by numerous photographers who had received mixed messages on what was allowable or not when performing professional photography services.

"Of course, those businesses were wanting to obey the rules, but that it was difficult when the rules were so ambiguous" said Mr Northe.

With that being said Mr Northe was extremely pleased to see that the ruling on face-coverings as part of the Directions from the Chief Health Officer - Stay Safe Directions Part 2 has now been clarified to include.

Subclause (11)(a) does not apply if:

(s) the person is receiving a service form a facility which is permitted to operate under, and in accordance with, the Restricted Activity Directions (Non-Melbourne) (No.7), to the extent that it is not reasonably practicable to receive that service wearing a face covering or

Example: when having your photo taken by a professional photographer.

"As is well and truly known, many businesses have suffered the impacts of the COVID-19 restrictions and on that basis I am pleased that some common-sense has applied in this instance" Mr Northe said.

Unfortunately the banning of professional photographers from performing their services in Victorian schools still remains.

"Whilst one hurdle has been overcome, the issue of professional photographers being prohibited from working within our schools at such an important time of the year is still unresolved. This decision requires urgent review and reconsideration and is something I will be taking up in Parliament this week" Mr Northe concluded.


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