Covid-19 Guidelines (current at 13 May 2020)

IMPORTANT:  Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had sumptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.



  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least  20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alchohol gel if washing hands is not possible)


  • Please ensure you have booked the court in advance at the Newsagent in Witheridge


  • Players can be from different households if they play singles only (maximum 2 people)
  • The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household, in which case they can play doubles
  • Coached sessions should be limited to one-to-one coaching activiity only 


  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high fives)
  • Stay on your side of the court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at oppposite sides of the net


  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
  • Avoid touching your face


  • Take hand sanitiser with you
  • Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as racquets, grips, hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
  • Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
  • Ensure that you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on the court


  • Avoid using public transport
  • Arrive as close as possible to the time of your booking
  • Avoid touching court gate, fences, net, if you can
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the court and clear the gate
  • Ensure you leave the court before the end of your allotted time so that it is empty for the next players
  • Arrive changed and ready to play
  • Do no congregate after playing - no extra-curricular or social activity should take place
  • Be aware that onsite toilet facilities will not be open


  • The intial focus during this phase should be on facilitating recreational and social play, and letting players spend time practicing
  • The LTA will be providing guidelines for the resumption of competitive tennis activity in due course