Advice to photographers during lockdown
© mark thomas
4 November 2020
As England starts a month-long lockdown from Thursday 5 November, the NUJ is reminding photographers and videographers of their rights when working.
Media workers are classed as key workers and have the right to be out and about as part of their job.
Following constructive talks with the NUJ and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), the council has sent guidance to police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on working with journalists during the Covid-19 outbreak. The union advices members to carry a copy.
Members should also check that their press cards are up to date.
Natasha Hirst, chair of the Photographers’ Council, said:
“Members must risk assess their environment and take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and others when working. Make sure you carry your NPCC protocol and press card. Also be aware that members have had to deal with hostile members of the public when, for example, taking pictures of people who are not social distancing. Members should contact the union if they have faced any difficulties or obstruction when trying to work, even if they do not wish to raise a formal complaint.”
The NUJ website has information to help members throughout the pandemic. The national lockdown does not cover Ireland, Scotland or Wales, so make sure you are aware of any national and local restrictions.