Covid 19 Update June 2020
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:00
Based on their continued discussions with Government and following the further easing of restrictions, the LTA has developed an updated set of practical guidelines to follow so that tennis can be played in England, where the local environment allows.
Summary of changes
Use your own equipment where possible. Equipment such as rackets can be shared, but where this happens ensure thorough cleaning before and after use. Players should not share items such as towels.
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 padel, doubles play is also permitted but extra care is advised, and it should only be done so where players are confident they can maintain 2 metres apart.
Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach(es).
Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it.
For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.
Hand hygiene is imperative - use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface.
Players do not now 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 (use alcohol gel if required).
Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a carer for a disabled player, it is permitted and is not counted as part of the maximum group size of six, but should be off court and limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the sessions.
Click on the following link for the full advice for players https://www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players---covid-19.pdf
The LTA have also updated their Frequently Asked Questions which provide further advice. Click on the following link to see the latest LTA FAQ’s https://helpcentre.lta.org.uk/help/s/lta-help-centre?category=Playing_Tennis_COVID19_Guidance
The clubhouse will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Please remember to bring your own hand sanitizer. For your safety and the safety of others please always follow the LTA advice and especially keep 2m apart.
The booking system will still be in place to manage the number of people at the club at any one time.
Please remember you must maintain social distancing.
The committee are regularly reviewing the situation and further updates will be provided when we receive further guidance.