Covid Rules

Hingham Tennis Rules for Play during Covid-19 pandemic- latest version for play from Aug 2020

Following updated government and LTA guidance we have updated our Covid-19 safe play document accordingly. These rules apply to all members, pay and play and LTA rally players attending /booking Hingham Tennis courts.

Please read our club guidelines in conjunction with the latest LTA guidelines for players

https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players---covid-19.pdf plus government guidelines on social distancing https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

Please be aware that these guidelines will need to be adjusted as the Covid-19 picture continues to change. Members will be updated accordingly via email. The health and well-being of our members remains our absolute priority, and relies on players following the rules.

LTA player guidance- before you leave home:

  • Before leaving home to play tennis, all participants should undergo a self-assessment symptom check for any COVID-19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

  • If you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home and not go out to play tennis, following NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self- isolation-and-treatment. If you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others.

  • If you are in a clinically vulnerable group (e.g. over 70) or if you are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable please read the LTA https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players---covid-19.pdf and government guidance to help you make a decision as to whether you should play.

  • Please be aware that undertaking any activity, including tennis, has the potential for increased risk of transmission of COVID-19. You are advised to read the Government’s guidance on staying safe outside your home.

  • Please follow the Government's up to date guidance on travel. You can help control Covid-19 and travel safely by waking and cycling if yoiu can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive- safer travel guidance is provided at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers  

  • Any players or develop Covid-19 symptoms after playing at our venue should follow the government track and trace guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

Hingham Tennis rules for safe play during Covid-19 pandemic
All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, travel, social distancing and hygiene at all time

Before and upon arrival

  • The Hut will remain closed to members and, as the sports hall is closed, there are no toilet or hand washing facilities. Please wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before departing for the courts and again as soon as you arrive home. Hand hygiene is imperative - use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface.

  • Please bring and use alcohol gel and antibacterial wipes. There is also alchohol gel provided within the court area.

  • Access to the courts will be via the gate with the keycode-padlock; this code will be emailed to you when you book online with your booking confirmation.

  • Players should not bring any equipment, baggage or clothing that is not essential for their participation in tennis. Ensure any personal items that are brought into the court are physically distanced from others.

  •  The member booking the court is responsible for documenting when and who they have played to help trace contacts in the event a player tests positive for Covid-19. Clubspark booking facility now has the option to add participants to the booking so this can be done at the time of booking the court via the website booking (ensure the player is marked as a member or guest as appropriate. Otherwise you must keep a personal record which could be accessed if government 'track and trace' require the information. 

  • Members may bring guests to play with them but must ensure all guests are fully aware of the most up to date guidelines for play at Hingham Tennis. There will be a £5/hour charge for each guest. The member booking the court is responsible for making payment to Hingham Tennis- this can be done via bank transfer to Hingham Tennis or by adding the guest at the same time as making a court booking (add name of guest by selecting ‘add participant’) and making payment via online STRIPE payments using a card (note any refunds of card payments do incur a cost of Hingham Tennis. No refunds will be given if the court is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice).

  • Floodlights - floodlight tokens will be available for club night sessions. Players to pay £1 when flood lights in use during these sessions. For private sessiosn please check with the HSSC caretaker or the tennis coaches (please do check before booking court as floodlight tokens may not be available given the current situation).

Upon arrival and during play

  • Allow others plenty of room to leave before you enter the court - if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates and maintain social distancing as per latest government guidelines. In particular be careful not to block the pathway between the hut and court so passers by/ dog walkers may maintain an appropriate social distance.

  • Please wipe the gate /other touch surfaces and the padlock before and after play. There is hand sanitiser supplied for players to use once inside the court area.

  • Access to the courts will be via the gate with the keycode-padlock; this code will be emailed to you when you book online with your booking confirmation. The code may change from time to time so please always take note of the up to date code.

  • The nets will be left up for now so no need to touch or slacken the net after use (the winders have been removed)

  • Only players are permitted on court. Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a carer for a disabled player, it is permitted, but should be off court and limited to one per player where possible. Supporters, parents, and other spectators should remain off court and socially distanced whilst attending events. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider government guidance

  • Players may  choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required)’. When both courts are in use  please only push stray balls back to the other court with racket or feet and in general minimise the handling balls where possible.

  • Private court hire: Both singles and doubles play is permitted with up to 5 other people from outside your household as log as social distance guidelines are ahered to.

  • Only coach led and club organised sessions (eg club nights) can be in larger groups at a Covid-19 secure venue. Risk assessments and event planning has been undertaken to allow up to 8 adults and 10 children plus coaches per court. Larger groups must remain vigilant and maintain social distancing and hand hygiene. Places must be pre-booked and records of participants mainatined for 21 days to help with government trace and trace.

  • Other groups are limited to 6 per court and attendees should limit their interactions with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with (e.g. players on another court or in a different coaching group), and they should continue to maintain social distancing from those that they do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

  • The first aid box will be located in the flood light box in case it is needed by players (please wipe down if touched).

After play

  • Please ensure you depart the court area promptly at the end of your booked time slot. Avoid waiting outside the courts and always maintain the 2m distance.

  • Ensure the padlock and gate are secured (disengage the numbers on the padlock after closing the lock) and wipe clean with disinfectant wipes/spray

  • Upon leaving the courts please check you have all your belongings including all the balls you arrived with. Any items left on court mean someone else has to handle them to remove. Any items which left on court will be disposed of.

Play safe and enjoy!