Please take time to carefully read the Player Guidance and the Event Delivery Plan for your tennis activity (see links below).
Undertaking any activity, including tennis, has the potential for increased risk of transmission of COVID-19.
The Committee have prepared Risk Assessments (RAs) and Event Delivery Plans (EDPs) to create a COVID-secure environment for playing tennis. These RAs and EDPs were developed using LTA guidance and resources which are available here.
ELTC members can participate in organised club events with more than six participants engaging in mix-in social play. The mix-in organised club events with more than six are allowed because the committee has put in place Risk Assessments (RAs) and Event Delivery Plans (EDPs) as required by the LTA COVID secure guidelines. The list of organised club events is - Tennis Tournament, Match Practices , Inter-club Winter League, Mon/Fri Morning Social Play, Wed/Sat Morning Social Play, and Fri Evening Fixed Play.
Government information around social distancing is available here.
Note - No socialising before or after organised group activities such as coaching, matches or social play. For informal social play group size is limited to a maximum of six people by law.
Some key points from the risk assessments and event delivery plans include: -
- You must complete a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID- 19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home.
- Do not leave your home to play tennis if you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19.
- Players must bring hand sanitiser, or they cannot play.
- Maintain social distancing. Participants must not mingle in groups of more than six before and after an organised activity, while maintaining social distancing with those from another household at all times.
- Test and trace - The club will keep a record of all player names for 21 days after social play or other organised events in case of a positive test and track and trace follow up. The NHS QR code is available for use but this does not replace the keeping of a record.
- If anyone who has played at our club develops symptoms of COVID-19, please inform the club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.
- Bring your own water.
- Clubhouse is closed except for adult member access to court lock keys, floodlight meters, defib, toilets and first aid.
- Only one adult member at a time is allowed into the clubhouse. Non-members are not allowed into the clubhouse.
- Face coverings must be worn when in the clubhouse unless there is a medical reason for not wearing a face covering. This is to reduce risk of droplet and fomite transmission.
- Clubhouse door must always be kept open during organised events to improve ventilation.
- Use anti-bacterial wipes provided in the toilet to wipe down contact points before and after using the toilet (e.g. taps, door handle, flush handle, toilet seat). Used wipes to be placed in the bin, never flush down the toilet as they will cause blockages.
- Mix-in member play is allowed for club organised activity provided hand sanitiser is used immediately before each match/set involving different players commences and immediately after each match finishes. Players are not to touch their faces during play.
- New or fresh tennis balls are not needed for each match, but extra care must be taken to ensure the players do not touch their faces during play
INFORMAL SOCIAL PLAY
- For informal social play group size is limited to a maximum of six people by law. This means you can play tennis providing people only meet up with no more than 5 other people from different households and observe social distancing guidelines
- People should not go to a tennis venue socially in groups of more than six
- The government has confirmed that organised activity for larger groups, including coached sessions, club nights and competitions is permitted as an exception to the limit of six, provided the activity is in accordance with the COVID-19 Secure guidelines published by the LTA for venues, coaches, players and competitions. The Government has made it clear that organised larger group tennis activity is only permitted where this is the case.
- Participants must not mingle in groups of more than six before and after any organised tennis activity, while maintaining social distancing with those from another household at all times.
- Maximum numbers for ELTC organised events are 14 if event is over two courts and 18 if event is over 3 courts. If a person arrives who exceeds the maximum allowed, they must go home. If maximum numbers are being exceeded regularly then an online event booking system will be introduced for that event.
- The list of organised club activities for members is - Tennis Tournament, Match Practices , Inter-club Winter League, Mon/Fri Morning Social Play, Wed/Sat Morning Social Play, and Fri Evening Fixed Play. See below for links to the relevant Event Delivey Plans.