Covid-19 Updates

Message from our Chairman – COVID 19

To all members of Penzance Tennis Club

LATEST UPDATE 1 June 2020
Playing Tennis during Lockdown

PLAYERS
STAY UP TO DATE
Government information around social distancing is available here and should be read in full
Be aware guidance can change and restrictions may be reintroduced – ensure you have checked the latest version of the LTA’s guidelines for tennis players on the LTA website
 
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)
Take hand sanitizer with you
[UPDATED] 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.
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
Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court
 
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT
Avoid using public transport if possible
Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
[UPDATED] Use alcohol gel after touching any court gates, fences, benches, etc, and avoid doing so where possible
Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
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. Shower at home, and do not use the venue’s changing area
Avoid congregating on or around the court after playing to allow access for others
 
TENNIS ACTIVITY [NEW]
n 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.
n Coached sessions should be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach(es).
 
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Other than where players are from the same household:
Stay at least two metres away from other players (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 five)
Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it
[NEW] For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court
For coached sessions, pay careful attention to the instructions of the coach

HYGIENE
[NEW] Hand hygiene is imperative – use alcohol gel to clean your hands after touching a shared surface
If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve
Avoid touching your face

EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
[NEW] 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)
Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racquet/foot to return them
Avoid using other equipment such as courtside benches, net handles or court sweepers where possible
Be aware that onsite toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them and clean hands thoroughly after use
 
SUPERVISION
[UPDATED] 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

Trevor Newborn

Chair, Penzance Tennis Club