Guidelines for Tennis Community Clubs during Covid-19

Published on June 16, 2020
  • Prior to attending a community tennis club, every player must do the self-assessment for COVID-19 on the Ontario Ministry of Health website and if they do not pass the assessment they should not attend a community tennis club court.
     
  • All activities must always comply with the social distancing measures and recommendations issued by federal, provincial, and municipal government authorities, including the arrival and departure of players.
     
  • Maintain a two-meter (six feet) distance from others when at the community tennis club.
     
  • Access to community tennis clubs is restricted to tennis players only and any required staff. 
     
  • Spectators are not allowed. Day camps for children may open if they operate in a manner consistent with the document entitled “COVID-19 Guidance: Summer Day Camps”,
     
  • Cloth masks and face covers can be used when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
     
  • Bring tennis balls with distinct numbers or identify your tennis balls with a marker in order to differentiate them and only handle tennis balls that belong to you.
    Arrive as close as possible to the game start time. Where possible, games, game times, and courts should be booked in advance. Drop-ins are to be avoided if possible.
     
  • The club will allow drop ins but we recommend highly that you book in advance. If no courts are available when you drop in we ask you to leave the club.
     
  • Doubles may be played.
     
  • Leave the court and facilities immediately after you finish playing.
     
  • No children day camps, adult clinics, social events or tournament or league play will be offered this season.
     
  • Washrooms and clubhouse remained closed.

 

Guidelines: Before Arrival at Community Tennis Club
All tennis players should self-screen to limit the introduction of infection:
 Prior to attending a community tennis club, every player must do the self-assessment for COVID-19 on the  Ontario Ministry of Health website and if they do not pass the assessment they should not attend a  Community tennis club court until they pass the assessment and do not have signs and symptoms of
COVID-19. Tennis Players can visit the City's website to determine if further care is required and learn about assessment centers.

 All tennis players should be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19,
including:
o Fever
o Cough
o Difficulty breathing
o Muscle aches
o Tiredness
o Sore throat
o Headache
o Runny nose
o New loss of taste or smell

 Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:
o Seniors
o People with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease

 The World Health Organization advises that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 10 to 14 days after contracting COVID-19.

People who become ill with COVID 19 symptoms while at a community tennis club court should go home to self-isolate:
 People who become ill while at the tennis court should go home immediately and should review the City of Toronto website for more information about COVID-19.
 If a tennis player tests positive for COVID-19, their local Public Health Unit (TPH for Toronto residents) will follow-up with close contacts who may include other tennis players. Other tennis players who came in close contact with the infected player may be required to self-isolate.

Entrance Restrictions:
 Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has had close contact with a confirmed case cannot enter a community tennis club.
 Access to community tennis clubs should be restricted to tennis players only, and any required staff. Spectators are not permitted.
 At this time, there should be no events, camps or programs.
 Under advisement of Medical Officer of Health and TPH, the City strongly encourages all Clients 70+, and/or with weak immune systems and/or who show signs & symptoms of COVID19 to remain home.
 All activities must always comply with the social distancing measures and recommendations issued by federal, provincial, and municipal government authorities, including the arrival and departure of players.

Guidelines: Playing Tennis
Prior to Play:
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
 Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles. Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels.
 Bring a full water bottle.
 Bring tennis balls with distinct numbers or identify your balls with a marker in order to differentiate them and only handle balls that belong to you.
 Maintain physical distancing at all times. Consider wearing a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as while waiting to enter the court.
 If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
 Arrive as close as possible to the game start time. Where possible, games, game times, and courts should be booked in advance. Drop-ins are to be avoided if possible.
 Avoid touching court gates, fences, net posts, the net tape, benches, etc.
 Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
 Play with persons living in your household if possible.
 Scheduling of matches is for singles play only. No doubles play at this time.
 Ensure scheduling of matches is for singles play only and there are staggered courts times to avoid overlap of players both playing and waiting. No doubles play at this time.

While Playing:
 Keep a 2 metre distance with other players.
 Only singles tennis should be played at this time.
 Use only tennis balls that have been brought with your specific numbering or identifying marker and only handle balls that belong to you. Do not touch any other balls or equipment.
 Avoid all physical contact, for example shaking hands with other players.
 Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
 Do not meet the other player at the net.
 Stay on your side of the court.
 Keep your distance from other players when retrieving tennis balls.
 Cross at opposite sides of the net during change of side.

After play:
 Wash your hands carefully with water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer.
 Do not use locker rooms or changing areas.
 Leave the court and facilities immediately after you finish playing.
 Properly dispose of any garbage.

General:
 Stay at home when you are ill.
 The following screening questionnaire for staff is available on the Toronto
COVID-19 site under Workplaces: https://www.toronto.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2020/05/95f0-Survey-Screening-poster-TPH.pdf
 Practice physical distancing and maintain a 2 metre distance from others when at a community tennis club.
 Respect any provincial Emergency Orders that prohibit social gatherings of a certain size, including when at a tennis club.

Guidelines: Facility Operation
For community tennis clubs with clubhouses, the following guidelines should be implemented.

Facility Information:

 Facilities (lounge, patios, benches, etc.) will be closed except for washrooms, and front-desk access if applicable.
 Players should only enter a clubhouse facility to complete a transaction or to use the washroom.
 Where possible, online or phone reservations and payment is recommended. All other payment should be conducted using card.
 Stagger booking times to avoid multiple parties entering or exiting the court area at the same time.
 Food and beverages should not be available at this time.
 Special events or tournaments should not be held at this time, to avoid congregation.
 Spectators are not allowed.
 Limit access to all communal areas where gathering may naturally occur.

Record Keeping:
 It is the responsibility of the Community Tennis Club to provide and ensure all the guidelines and  requirements for maintaining a safe facility are provided and adhered to.
 Each Community Tennis Club must maintain a record system to track all players using the facility each day and the time they used it. This is to assist in contact tracing should anyone develop COVID-19. This record needs to include:
o Full name of the person who visited the Community Tennis Club and contact information (phone number and email).
o Date and time person visited the Community Tennis Club (including the time they entered and left the facility).
 The community tennis club must keep these records and make them available to TPH upon request.
 Records must be able to be submitted to TPH electronically, if requested.
 Record keeping requirements do not apply during public drop-in hours.

Maintaining a safe facility:
 Washroom and/or change room facilities should be cleaned with increased frequency, and at a minimum of twice daily.
 Thoroughly clean and disinfect high traffic areas, and frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g. entrances/exits, pay terminals, waste containers, and common areas, etc.).
 Employees and/or volunteers should be provided with appropriate protective equipment, and set-up to complete their duties while maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
 Review Public Health Ontario's Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings document.
 Regular handwashing is required for staff and/or volunteers
 Soap or hand sanitizer must be made available to all clients in various locations throughout the facility.
 Soap, hand sanitizer and other cleaning products are the responsibility of the club.
 Hand sanitizer (minimum 70% alcohol) stations should be refilled regularly, and sanitizer bottles should be added where stations are not installed.
 High-touch surfaces should be disinfected at least 2-3 times per day
 Service desks and equipment, including electronic payment key-pads, will be disinfected between uses and at other times staff feel is necessary
 Score cards should be removed.
 Close all water fountains.
 Physical distancing must be maintained at all times. If current arrangements do not allow that, than alternative arrangements need to be developed and implemented before proceeding.

Coaching and Lessons:
 Coaching and lessons should be limited to a maximum of two participants.
 Coaches should maintain always maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others.
 Group lessons are not be permitted, with the exception of single household groups.
 Coaches should try to remain on the same court and adjust their schedules in order to stay on-site for the minimum amount of time required.
 Position players in designated and well spaced-out stations.
 Exercises that require continuous play are recommended, as opposed to ones that require the use of an entire basket of balls.
 Limit the use of equipment such as cones and targets. Do not let players touch the practice equipment.
 Coaches should take charge of picking up the balls.
 Encourage players to use their racquet or their foot to push balls back.
 Keep clear records of coaching and lesson schedule.

Required Signage:
o Post the physical distancing poster and how to protect yourself poster at all facility entrances, and throughout the course at common areas.
o The following poster can be used for tennis players and posted at entrances: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/95eaScreening-poster-retail-entrance-TPH.pdf
o In addition to above, develop signage for courts outlining rules of play:
o Singles tennis only.
o Keep 2 metres away from other players at all times.
o Bring your own tennis balls, uniquely identify them, and only touch your tennis balls. Do not touch the opposing player's tennis balls with your hands.
o Avoid touching common areas (the net, fences, poles, gates, etc.)
o Regularly clean or sanitize hands, and avoid touching your face.
o Do not gather before or after you play tennis, and always keep 2 metres away from others.