The Club continues monitoring the guidance and information being issued with respect to coronavirus with the latest Government guidance and information being set out later in this memo. As a result, the following actions are being taken by the club (until further notice):
- The Clubhouse facilities will only be open during Top Spin Tennis Hours(see below) and only the disabled toilet will be open to members (based on the advice we have received).All other Clubhouse areas are out of bounds (including the seating areas, changing rooms, kitchen and bar).
- All social activities (including social tennis and the mini league) postponed, however, the courts will remain open for members – open play at all times, if other members are waiting one short set rule still applies
- Members choosing to play should follow the social distancing guidelines and NHS advice (see below) and consider their own circumstances carefully.
- Members will need to bring their own drinks and balls
- Members are no longer permitted to invite visitors
- All League matches and tournaments cancelled
- All Group coaching (including tennis camps) cancelled
- Individual coaching will still be available
- Office staff will be working from home
It is imperative that anyone who has been advised to self-isolate or stay at home based on the advice on the NHS.UK website should not take part in tennis activities for the duration of the specified period and we would ask that members do not come to the Club if they have any concerns about their health.Members who continue to play do so at their own risk.
If anyone has any questions or if any member is in need of support during these difficult times, please email email@example.com
Government and LTA Guidance
The Government’s statement on Monday (16 March) in relation to Covid-19 said now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel. The statement included guidance that:
- Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days
- People should start working from home where they possibly can
- Avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
- Only use the NHS when we really need to
In light of this statement, the LTA implemented an immediate suspension of activity it delivers, with this suspension now in place for the foreseeable future. This includes all LTA organised training sessions, training courses and competitions. As a result all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 20 April 2020 have been cancelled, with a decision on cancelling future competitions beyond that date being made on a rolling two week basis.
While the LTA has suspended its organised activity, the Government continues to indicate that recreational exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue during this period.
Guidance with regard to advised social distancing measures (defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) is provided on the Government website:
Sport England’s latest update for the sport and physical activity sector regarding Covid-19 can be read here:
As with any other illness, everyone is strongly encouraged to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and avoid catching it by following NHS guidance and complying with requests to stay at home when advised to do so. When should I stay at home? Follow the link below to read the NHS guidance.
Additional information on what actions you should take to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 is provided on the NHS.UK website:
Top Spin Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 11am – 6pm
Thursday – 11am – 6pm
Friday – 1pm –6 pm
Saturday – 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday – 11am – 3pm