COVID-19 RULES

Mandatory Rules in force during the Coronavirus situation, Please read:

 

HEALTH

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.

  • Do not play or go down to the courts if you are self-isolating. 
  • No first aid kit is provided. Please take your own.
  • Ensure you take your own drinks. Do not share food or drink with others. 
  • Ensure you take your own hand sanitiser. Use regularly, and before and after touching something that other people may have touched.
  • If you sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upon your sleeve. If a tissue is used take it home. Do not put it in the bin. 
  • Follow Public Health England guidelines for hygiene at all times. 
  • Do not dispose of anything in the bin. Please take all rubbish home

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 alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible).

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT 

  • At all times, players should adhere to the Government’s social distancing guidelines (staying at least 2m away from others), and practice public health advice for hygiene. 
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court.
  • Please pull the main entrance gate to, so it is closed whilst you are down at the club, so as not to encourage others to enter the site. Ensure hands are sanitised once this gate has been opened/closed.
  • Ensure all gates are locked up once leaving the site unless other members are down.

TENNIS ACTIVITY 

  • To ensure a court is available on your arrival you MUST book a court session. DO NOT turn up to play speculatively.
  • Each session is a maximum of 1 hour 30 mins followed by a 15-minute break until the next session commences.
  • Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles.
  • For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.
  • Change ends at opposite sides of the net ensuring you always stay 2 metres apart.
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five).
  • Maximum number of people on the courts at any one time must not exceed 12.
  • Spectators are not permitted. Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) or a carer for a disabled player is required, it should be limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching.

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES 

  • The clubhouse, toilets and equipment shed remain closed until further notice.
  • Access to the courts is via the combination padlock. Code number will be on the booking confirmation email. Do NOT give this code to non-members.
  • Please take antibacterial spray and spray the court gate padlock and gate handle before opening and once you have locked up.
  • Players should use their own equipment where possible and should not share equipment i.e. towels
  • Players do not need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls - however, if you 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.
  • Ensure that balls do not switch between courts i.e. only play with balls that you have taken down and do not pick up balls that come across from the other court.
  • When returning other people’s balls do not touch them with your hands – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them back.
  • Avoid using and touching other equipment such as net handles and the net measure.
  • The nets will be set at the correct height so do not attempt to wind up or down before/after playing. 
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use.
  • The courtside seating is not to be used unless necessary for medical purposes.
  • Alcohol sanitiser must be used after touching any shared surface.

COURT BOOKING

  • A booking MUST commence immediately after the 15-minute break (marked CLOSED) and be booked for the full 1hr30mins.
  • Do not book back-to-back with another booking that falls within 2 breaks.
  • You can only book 2 sessions per day.
  • Each member may only be on court for a maximum of 2 sessions per day.
  • You can only book up to a maximum of 8 days in advance.
  • Arrive as close as possible to when your session starts. 
  • Please finish promptly and leave the courts and site promptly, to avoid meeting other players.
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court – and if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates.
  • Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity is permitted.
  • The booking system will be reviewed regularly and may be subject to change. 
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, seating etc if you can.
  • Ensure all gates are locked up once leaving the site unless other members are down.
  • The practice wall is closed until further notice.
  • Guests of members are not permitted down the courts to play or spectate unless attending as a parent/guardian, or as a carer for a disabled player.
  • All children playing must be accompanied by an adult. The adult must be on court at all times to ensure the child complies with all rules. Please note that the maximum number of people on the courts at any one time, whether playing or not, cannot exceed 12.

SANCTIONS

Tennis is one of the few sports that the Government has allowed to be played and we must all be aware of our responsibilities if we wish to ensure that we are able to continue to play.

By signing up to a court booking you are accepting this Code of Conduct; any breach of the terms and conditions will result in a suspension to playing rights of 14 days.

Please think very carefully before breaching the code.


COVID -19  Positive Test - Club Procedures

 Court Booking Sessions:

  • Other than for Club Afternoons/ Nights, members must book a court using the club court booking facility
  • Should the club be contacted by NHS Test & Trace, relevant members can be traced by referring back to court booking page

Club Afternoons/ Nights

  • All attendees should either register their attendance on the MDTC WhatsApp group, or alternatively ask another member to register them on their behalf
  • Within 24 hours, a volunteer committee member will circulate, via email, a collated list of attendees to the Club Secretary cc’ing all committee members
  • Attendance lists will be kept for a minimum of 21 days to assist NHS Test & Trace if needed

Coaching:

  • The club coach will keep a keep a record of all coaching attendees for a minimum of 21 days to assist NHS Test & Trace if needed