Coronavirus

Cirencester Tennis Club guidelines (revised 1st Dec 2020*)

So we can confirm that as from Wednesday 2nd December, we can reopen under the same restricted club guidelines that were in place pre this recent lockdown. This includes reinstating match play, club sessions and coaching.

As a reminder I have listed the key guidelines below.

-Do not attend the club if you are showing any symptoms or if you live with anyone showing symptoms of Covid 19.

-If you are required to self isolate then you should not attend the club.

-It is essential that you book a court online and don’t just turn up hoping to get a court.

-When attending club sessions, including roll ups you must sign in the register.

-Use hand sanitiser on arrival and before you sweep the courts or use the flickers.

-Stay 2 metres apart from anyone as far as possible.

-Do not interact with anyone outside the group you are playing with. Do not hang around on the patio.

-For informal social play the group size is limited to 6.

-Spectating is to be minimised and the rule of 6 applies.

-The clubhouse is only to be used for access to lights, first aid, defibrillator and visitors book/fee box. Only one person in at a time.

-No socialising before and after matches.

It’s also worth pointing out that the same Tier 2 and Tier 3 rules apply to people from these areas even if they travel to an area in a lower tier. Currently the Tier 1 rules for tennis are the same as Tier 2.

Jono will be emailing everyone on the coaching programme re starting dates for sessions and drills will start from next Friday.

Please note there is a chance there may be some additional restrictions or some amendments to these guidelines next week once the LTA have updated their full guidance for venues and coaches. This was due today but has been delayed until next week.

It’s a great relief to many that we can be back on court and I know how brilliant we are at sticking to the restricted play guidelines so fingers crossed we can have a full Winter season on court. So now we just need some good weather!

Really looking forward to seeing everyone on court next week and don’t forget club night on Wednesday!

One month closure

Since the Prime Minister announced the national lockdown on Saturday the LTA have been lobbying the Government to persuade them to allow restricted tennis to continue. Sadly its appears that the Government will not make any exemptions to the initial announcement and to that end, the plan is for the club to be closed from midnight Wednesday 3rd November until 2nd December.

Stay safe , take care and lets all hope that we are back on court on the 3rd December!

Pre attendance symptom check

Anyone attending a venue (including players, coaches, staff and any other visitors), should undergo a pre-attendance self-assessment for any COVID19 symptoms using the information on the NHS website before leaving home. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

No-one should leave home to participate in tennis if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of COVID -19, currently recognised as any of the following: – A high temperature – A new, continuous cough – A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.

Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

* -If you are required to self-isolate for any other reason then you should also not exercise outside your own home or garden and should not exercise with others. This includes if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a close contact of a known COVID-19 case, or if you have returned from a travel destination not included on the Government’s travel corridor list Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors In all of these instances, you should not leave your home to play tennis.

– If you are in a clinically vulnerable group (e.g. over 70) you can play tennis but should be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.  Who’s at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)

we need to remind you that undertaking any activity, including tennis, has the potential for increased risk of transmission of COVID-19, and we advise attendees to read the Government’s guidance on staying safe outside your home

To support NHS Test and Trace, we have to keep a temporary record of all those on site for 21 days, so it is vital that you book the courts via Clubspark and don’t just turn up to play and make sure you sign in when attending club sessions.

Courts

Before you come please book a court online – do not just turn up.

Please take extra care if stray balls from adjacent courts come across onto your court and use your feet or racket to send them back.

Sweeping

Please sweep the courts and use the line flickers but ensure you use the hand sanitiser provided beforehand.

Players

You can now play singles or doubles with anyone including from a different household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible. When playing doubles try and agree in advance which player will take the shot if it goes down the centre.

Individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with (eg players on another court or another coaching group)

If anyone develops symptoms of Covid-19 please follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines, which can be found at www.gov-uk.

If anyone who has played at the club develops Covid 19 symptoms or is tested positive, please inform the club immediately by emailing secretary@cirentennis.net

* –For informal social play, group size is limited to a maximum of 6.

Arrival

Please use hand sanitiser, preferably your own, on entering the club. Please bring your own water if possible.

Clubhouse
The clubhouse is only to be used for access to the lights, first aid kit, defibrillator  and visitor’s book/fee box. Please do not use the kitchen facilities. Only one person to be in the clubhouse at a time . Also please do not congregate on patio but go straight onto court.

Water

We have an outside tap if you need drinking water but better to bring your own.

Balls

Players do not need to bring their own marked balls however if using shared balls take extra care not to touch your face and use sanitiser before and after play.

Play

During play please do not shake hands and you may want to avoid changing ends.

Toilet

Please use hand sanitiser BEFORE entering the toilet. Wash hands as normal after.

Nets

The net heights are fixed, there’s no need to adjust.

Lights
Lights can now be used. Tokens are available from the usual place-DJ Sports

Rubbish

Please take your rubbish home.

Gates

We are only using the main access gate, the front gate to Court 1 and the side gate to court 5. Please leave the gates open where possible unless you are the last to leave the premises in which case lock the main access gate.

Visitors

The normal visitor policy, where members can sign in a visitor up to three times a year, is resumed.  Please ensure you sign them in the visitor’s book in the clubhouse and put £4 (£2 for juniors) in the visitors fee box.

Finally thank you for all your support and kind words showing your appreciation for the committee in managing the operation of the club during these tricky times. I firmly believe that this has been made so much easier by the willingness and support from all the club members. So thank you!