Covid-19 Guidance Policy

The following guidance is for tennis players at BLT&SRC has been developed with reference to advice
received from the LTA. When generating this document, the Club has assumed that members are already familiar with the government’s current guidance for staying alert and safe social distancing and are expected to act responsibly in accordance with this general guidance whilst using the club’s facilities.

Please do not come to the club if:

  • you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms
  • you are self-isolating

Who can visit:

  • All tennis members with a confirmed court booking
  • Members and non-members who have a pre-booked coaching session
  • Non-members with a pre-booked indoor or outdoor tennis court
  • Parents of junior members who are playing at the club or taking coaching lessons
  • Visiting tennis teams for arranged league matches

On and around the court

  • Observe social distancing at all times and practice public health advice for hygiene
  • Adults should not socialise in groups of more than 6
  • Do not make physical contact with others (e.g. shaking hands)
  • Wash your hands before coming to the club
  • We recommend that you bring a full water bottle; drinking water is not available
  • We recommend that you bring your own balls and equipment, clearly marked where possible. If not, any shared equipment must be thoroughly sanitised after use
  • Allow players to vacate the court before entering; maintain required social distancing
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, posts, walls etc. as much as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser provided on the court entrances before and after playing
  • After playing, vacate the court a few minutes before the end of your session

During Play

  • Both singles and doubles play is permitted outside for juniors and adults
  • Both singles and doubles play is permitted inside for juniors, but only singles for adults
  • If doubles partners are not from the same household then special care should be taken to
    ensure that social distancing is maintained
  • Partners should consider agreeing, in advance, who will play the shot when the ball travels to the centre of the court
  • If another player’s balls stray from adjacent courts return them using foot or racket, not your hand
  • Avoid changing ends or agree to change ends using different sides of the net
  • Brushes for sweeping the clay courts are not available for general use; you are not required to sweep the clay courts
  • Players should be encouraged not to run down balls if the 2m distancing rule will be compromised
  • All coaching activity is carried out in line with Government guidance on organising sport and physical activity events and for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure activities

For more detailed and up to date guidance from the LTA please click here.