29th March 2021 – reopening of tennis court

In response to the latest government guidance, the Castleton Tennis Club committee is pleased to reopen the courts for use of members from Monday 29th March 2021 on the understanding that all activity at Castleton Tennis Club must be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, travel, social distancing and hygiene at all times. Courts are for use by members only on the understanding that guidelines provided by the LTA are followed at all times. A summary of guidelines is provided below but members should regularly check the latest recommendations from the LTA at: www.lta.org.uk/coronavirus to stay abreast of any changes. The committee will monitor the use of the court to ensure its accordance with these guidelines and, if it deems necessary, will close the court. 

● The pavilion will remain closed and will only be accessed by the committee if required for operational reasons 

● The net has been set at the appropriate height and winder removed. No attempt to adjust the height of the net should be made 

● It is not possible for the club to provide hand-washing facilities or hand sanitizer. Users of the court should bring their own hand sanitizer with them and public health guidelines for hygiene should be followed. Hands should be cleaned with alcohol gel after touching shared surfaces such as the padlock and gate 

 ● There is no booking system in operation. If the court is in use on arrival, allow others to leave before you enter and maintain social distancing (‘2m rule’) at all times 

● If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines which are available on: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works 

● Activities on the court are limited to groups of no more than six people 

● Spectating is not permitted. Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a carer for a disabled player, it is permitted but should be off court and limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the sessions

  • Players should not congregate on or around the court before and after play. No social activity may take place on or around the court
  • Attendees should limit their interactions with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with, and they should continue to maintain social distancing from those that they do not live with or are in a support bubble with
  • Players should use their own equipment where possible. Equipment such as rackets can be shared, but where this happens players should ensure thorough cleaning before and after use. Players should not share items such as towels 
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use  
  • Bring your own, full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others  
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court
  • Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of a household, as long as players remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. For doubles, consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court 
  • Other than where players are from the same household: stay at least two metres away from other players (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)and do not make physical contact with other players (e.g. shaking hands or high five) 

● If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve

● Avoid touching your face 

No-one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19. Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation and follow the steps for Test and Trace