COVID-19 Tennis Court Guidelines
Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00
Tennis Court Use Guidance
COVID-19: Return to Restricted Play
BEFORE YOU PLAY
Arrange to play doubles only with people in your household or singles with a friend. Do not play if any of you:
- Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Are a vulnerable individual. A vulnerable individual is an elderly individual and/or an individual with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.
PREPARING TO PLAY
Protect against infections:
- Maintain Social Distancing of 2 meters at all times with people not from your household, especially on entering and leaving the courts.
- Please note there will be no building access on-site, including access to toilets
- Use a hand sanitiser before going to the court.
- Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels.
- Use new balls and a new grip, if possible (and mark them).
- Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.
- If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
- Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there.
- Avoid touching court gates, fences, nets, etc. if you can.
- The gate lock will be unlocked so you do not need to use your code, use any part of your body to open the gate but not your hands
- Try to stay at least two metres apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
- Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
- Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls or wear protective gloves.
- Stay on your side of the court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
- Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
- If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.
- Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
- Use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
- No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
- All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. So here is an extra precaution you can take to keep safe when playing tennis:
- Open a can of tennis balls and mark them.
- Try to have a set of balls each, so when serving you can use one set and your partner the other set.
- Use your racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.
STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS AND SAVE LIVES!