Phased Return to Tennis in the CIAC.
In these extraordinary times it comes bitter sweet to be announcing these requirements and guidelines to get us all back on to the courts to do something that we all took for granted only a few short months ago. This is a serious matter so please read through this mail to the end. It’s not short but it is important.
Before I go into the details I would like to thank all our frontline health/retail/services members of which we have many, for their bravery and service to us all. It is an unseen, deceptive and dangerous enemy. I know how difficult it can be to risk your health and your families’ health each time you take up your roles and I thank you on behalf of the club and all its members.
Therefore, knowing the terrible loss this country has suffered with many families losing loved ones and so many risking the same while doing their jobs, I am outlining these steps to ensure that we as a club and as a society are doing as much as we can to minimise any risk while providing an outlet for exercise and fun with friends we haven’t seen in a long time.
For this to be successful it will require individual responsibility. We can only advise and set the rules but you as members will need to take it upon yourself to adhere to them.
Thankfully its mostly common sense here with one or two strict rules that we must enforce.
We need to make it clear these few points.
- Only Pre-booked play will be allowed. – You will not be allowed to just turn up and go onto a court. We will ask people to leave the club if this is the case. Please do not put us or yourself into this position.
- Contact details must be up to date and accurate. – We need to have the details correct in the case where contact tracing is required. We hope that this will never arise but we need to ensure the details are there.
- All players on the court must be named on the booking. – Again for contact tracing we need to be able to easily go through our bookings and see who someone played with and when. All details need to be updated.
- Strictly Members Only – In this phase we can only allow members and not guests. In later phases we will address this.
We are taking these rules very seriously as if not adhered to the safety of our members is at risk, the reputation of the club is at risk and the reputation of the early sports allowed to do this is at risk.
Many other sports will be looking to see how Tennis and golf manage in this early phase. They will be looking to us to do it right so that other sports can get their chance to get back active.
We will provide hand sanitizers at the court entrances, please use it. Entrance to courts 1, 4 and 7 will be left open so no need to handle them. Court 3 entrance will be closed. Please enter via court 1.
Ensure entering to the courts that you adhere to the usual etiquette while adding the social distance.
If you are posting on social media, please make sure to advise that all guidelines are in place in the CIAC. There is a lot of scaremongering on social media and we would like the right message coming from the CIAC.
If you see that hand sanitizer is missing or empty, if you see anyone not adhering to the guidelines or you have any comment please let us know at email@example.com and we will pick it up.
Thank you. Stay safe. Have fun. Reconnect and please adhere to the following guidelines.
CIAC Tennis Captain.