Latest advice about playing tennis at Cocks and Hens

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Dear Members,

As you will have seen from the email from the coaching team - on LTA advise our organised coaching sessions have ceased and will return when the CV19 situation changes. This includes our Easter Camps. One to one sessions will continue at the discretion of the coach and the member.
 
There are other important implications for us of the LTA guidance issued today.
 
The LTA has been seeking clarity on the safety of recreational tennis from the Government and has produced the following advise:
 
“While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, the Government have currently indicated that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period.”
 
As such our courts will remain open for members to play on. This includes the members club sessions and groups. Teams can continue to play at their regular times and their captains will be in touch about arrangements for this. 
Coaching slots remain booked and so if those in the cancelled coaching sessions wish to continue to play recreationally at those times please feel free to do so.
During this time members should follow NHS social distancing guidance and assess their own individual risk to CV19.
 
Parents of junior members must ensure their children are briefed on social distancing and the limited use of the clubhouse. Parents are reminded that children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult at the club at all times and we would request you supervise their hand washing and toilet breaks
 
The clubhouse is only to be used to wash hands and to use toilet facilities.  This means members must bring their own drinks and not use the club used balls in the clubhouse. Please avoid shaking hands, and do not attend the club if you are in anyway feeling unwellWhere possible use an alcohol based hand sanitiser regularly while on court. 
 
Guests can attend as normal as long as they are accompanied by a member and pay the appropriate fee.  The accompanying member must brief the guest as to social distancing protocol and limited use of the clubhouse. Potential new members are also welcome subject to these protocols above.
 
This is a fast changing situation and we will do our best to keep on top of things and keep you informed. 
 
We intend to form a group to assist vulnerable members as this situation progresses so if you would like to volunteer to help such members or you are a member who needs or may need assistance (food delivery, medicine, kind words etc) please let us know on [email protected]
 
Otherwise please be sensible and stay safe. 
 
The Cocks and Hens Management Committee
 

The full LTA and Government advise is as follows:
 
The Government’s statement on Monday (16 March) in relation to Covid-19 said now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.  The statement included guidance that:

  • Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days
  • People should start working from home where they possibly can
  • Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
  • Only use the NHS when we really need to

In light of this statement, the LTA implemented an immediate suspension of activity it delivers, with this suspension now in place for the foreseeable future. This includes all LTA organised training sessions, training courses and competitions.  As a result all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 20 April 2020 have been cancelled, with a decision on cancelling future competitions beyond that date being made on a rolling two week basis.
While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, the Government continues to indicate that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period.
Guidance with regard to advised social distancing measures (defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) is provided on the Government website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
Sport England’s latest update for the sport and physical activity sector regarding Covid-19 can be read here: 
https://www.sportengland.org/news/coronavirus-information-sector
As with any other illness, everyone is strongly encouraged to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and avoid catching it by following NHS guidance and complying with requests to stay at home when advised to do so. When should I stay at home? Follow the link below to read the NHS guidance. 
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Additional information on what actions you should take to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 is provided on the NHS.UK website:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/