LTA guidance/advice31 May 2020
After much dithering the LTA have finally issued the updated guidelines regarding how we can play tennis at the Club with effect from tomorrow and it is now permitted for doubles to be played with people from outside your household.
New advice has been issued by the LTA which can be found on their website but the pertinent points are:
It is critical that members maintain the 2 metre distancing rules at all times – before during and after play. Be aware of players on adjacent courts.
Coached sessions will now be limited to groups of no more than 6 people, including the coach.
Do not make physical contact with other players.
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.
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
Please note that the toilets remain closed
Visitors are not allowed to visit the Club and players only are permitted within the court surrounds..
For the time being the protocol regarding starting play on the hour and playing for only one hour if others are waiting remains in force but will be subject to review on a regular basis.
The Tennis Committee have a responsibility to ensure that tennis is being played in a safe environment and so we repeat the advice regarding social distancing and avoiding contact with any surfaces including balls which might be contaminated.
The Committee also have a duty to close the courts if the Government guidelines are not being followed but we feel certain that this will not be necessary.
Please note that with effect from next Friday the ‘match courts’ will be open for general play and thereafter the intention is to rotate the grass courts with 4 open at any one time.
It seems like we are getting a little closer to normality but there is still a long way to go.
Enjoy your tennis but most importantly ensure that you and all your fellow members stay safe.
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