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    SEASON 2020

    The covid pandemic struck before the season started so under lockdown regulations the courts were closed in March. All league tennis was postponed until further notice.

    Gradually, we were able to open up to singles-only play. This prompted us to re-jig the singles tournament (see Club Tournaments for report).  At present (October 2020) we can play social tennis as “normal”, as long as we abide by the regulations that follow.

     

    Version 5 – 15 September 2020 

     INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF THE COURTS DURING COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
     We hope you enjoy your tennis, but please make sure that you play in a safe and responsible manner at all times.

    ALL PLAYERS USING THESE COURTS MUST READ AND FULLY COMPLY WITH THE LTA GUIDELINES WHICH CAN BE FOUND DISPLAYED ON THE TENNIS HUT


    SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY STAY UP TO DATE
    Carry out your own self-assessment for covid 19 symptoms. Do not participate in tennis if you have any of the covid 19 symptoms, or you subsequently develop them. Instead, you must follow the Government’s “Test and Trace” guidelines without delay.

    Before you leave notify the Club (email to: ashamtennisclub@yahoo.co.uk) of the names of your group who are using the courts and the date and time of your visit. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible). Use your own equipment where possible. Take your own hand santizer and use this before and after touching the keysafe, court gate and padlock and before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required). 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. Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can. 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. Arrive

    changed and ready to play. Shower at home. Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place.


    SECTION 2: DURING PLAY COURT LIMITS
    Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. For informal casual play group sizes must not exceed 6 players. Group sizes can exceed this limit for Club Sessions, but only if all participants strictly follow these guidelines. All courts are now open for play, but players must avoid chasing a ball onto another court if others are using that court.

    MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
    Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play). Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five). Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net.

    EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
    Be aware that nearby toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them.

    HYGIENE
    If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Avoid touching your face.