Covid-19 Guidelines (current at 1 June 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.

BEFORE LEAVING HOME & AFTER YOU RETURN

  • 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 - must be 70% alcohol - if washing hands is not possible)

COURT BOOKINGS

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

COURT LIMITS

  • Players from six different households can meet to play outdoor tennis
  • Coaching sessions can resume
  • In both the above scenarios, social distancing measures should be adhered to

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • 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
  • You may wish to use your own tennis balls only, in which case mark them clearly with your initials and do not handle anyone else's

HYGIENE

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

EQUIPMENT

  • 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

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM 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 not congregate after playing - no extra-curricular or social activity should take place
  • The clubhouse may be used by up to 4 people provided they are socially distanced by 1M
  • Be aware that onsite toilet facilities are currently not open

COMPETITIONS

  • 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