COVID-19 Advice from the LTA

Posted by Valerie Askins on 16 March 2020

LATEST UPDATE - 24/03/2020

Dear all  

We hope you are all well.  

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March), the LTA has advised that all tennis facilities and courts should now be closed, and tennis coaching and activity should be put on hold with immediate effect. You can read the full update and advice here:

 https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-venues/.  

We therefore have no choice but to take both our clubhouse and courts out of action.  The clubhouse will remain closed and the courts will be padlocked from today (Wednesday 25th March).  

As we have as said previously, we will aim to get you all back on court as soon as is possible.  In the meantime please keep you and your loved ones safe and well.  

We very much look forward to seeing you at the club as soon as possible.  

Kind Regards  

The Executive Committee

 

UPDATED ON 22/03/2020

Dear Members,
 
It is with sadness that we will have to shut the club house facilities until further notice. The courts will still be available for members to access and play, using the advice found below including:
 

  • Activity should take place in line with the Government’s advised social distancing measures at all times (2-metre distance when talking to someone – see additional details in links below).
  • No more than 4 people on court at any one time.
  • Players are advised not to change ends during play.
  • No physical contact between players or coaches.

 
This decision has been taken after the latest advise from the LTA which you can view here: 
https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-venues/
 
General advise on the unfolding situation is available here:
https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19---latest-advice/
 
The coaches will still be conducting sessions using the guidelines below:
https://www.lta.org.uk/workforce-venues/coach-teach/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-coaches/?fbclid=IwAR1EbLUbDe1DTluH8S5ciKi62vixgDPIKzcYZ0h2iduDdQX7Ro4-TnkQe4Q
 
The defibrillator and first aid supplies will only be available during coaching sessions.
 
The club recognises that some members may be suffering financial hardship as a result of the current situation and at the same time it is inevitable the club will suffer a loss of income. The Executive Committee will be investigating all avenues in terms of financial support and cost savings for the club at this time. The club relies on subscriptions to maintain our facilities and wherever possible, we would ask that members support the club by renewing their membership by 31st of March. The Executive Committee acknowledges that we are unable to continue to offer our full range of facilities. With this in mind, we will be reviewing membership once the facility has been reopened.
 
Your understanding and cooperation would be very much appreciated during this challenging time. We love our club and tennis community and will do our very best to get back to normal as soon as possible.
 
Stay safe and well everyone. 
 
Very best wishes from The Executive Committee
 

 

UPDATED ON 19/03/2020

As we are all aware the current Coronavirus is a fast moving situation and liable to change.  We are working hard at the club to comply with advice from both the LTA and Government, but still offer you all the opportunity to play tennis. Unfortunately, we do have to make some urgent changes to what we can offer in terms of facilitites and our schedule of tennis activities.  So from Friday 20th March we will be implementing the following:

  1. The clubhouse:  The clubhouse will be open, but access will be restircted to the lobby area and toilets – the defibrilator and first aid kit will be made available in the lobby area.  The well being and safety of our members our first priority and we will be ensuring these areas will be cleaned on a daily basis and we would ask that not more than 4 people at a time are in either the toilets or lobby area.  The bar and seating area and the kitchen will be closed until further notice.  The club facilities (lobby/toilets) will be open only when the coaches, members of the Executive Committee (key holders) are at the club. 
  2. LTA External Competition: The LTA have suspended all competitive activity it delivers including Winter Vets Leagues, Herts Summer League,  Hot Rackets and W&D.
  3. LGLTC Internal Competitions: All LGLTC internal competition will be put on hold including:
    1. Winter Singles Competition:  this competition is at a late stage and competitors can still play matches up to the finals, if they would like to.  Finals day will be rescheduled, as soon as we are able to do so.
    2. Winter Box League Competition:  the deadline for matches for this competition has been extended until the end of April, when we are hoping to have a clearer picture going forward.
    3. Club Closed Competition:  please keep your entries coming in – the deadline for entries is extended until the end of April and we will aim to get this competition started as soon as we are able. 
    4. Internal Team Tournament:  please keep your entries coming in – the deadline for entries is extended until further notice, again we will aim to get this competition started as soon as we are able.
  4. General use of courts: This can continue as government guidelines currently allow for sporting activity.  We would ask that there are no more than 4 people on a court at any one time and that you use common sense with regards to distancing/hand shaking etc, in line with Government guidelines.  Please be aware that you will need to bring in your own water/refreshments at the kitchen will not be open (as per 1. above).
  5. Individual coaching – Junior and Adult:  These sessions will continue as long as all parties – Coaches, Pupil, Parent  are agreed.  Please liaise with the coaches.
  6. Group and squad coaching – Junior and Adult: These will continue where all parties are in agreement.  There will be restrictions on numbers and no more than 4 players will be permitted on court at time.
  7. Saturday morning Junior open sessions:  These open sessions are suspended with immediate effect until further notice.
  8. Junior Easter Camps: These will be cancelled.
  9. April Open Day:  This will be postponed.
  10. Social Events:  The quiz night for this Saturday has been postponed and we will get back to you with all other Social Activity as soon as possible.

Any member who does wish to play tennis does so at their own risk but we would ask that everybody take the utmost precaution, keep their distance and use their own equipment.  In implementing the actions above we expect all members to consider themselves and others at all times.  Please do not attend the club if you feel you may be placing yourself and/or others at risk.  For clarity the following is a link to the Government Guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time for everybody.  We will do our very best to enable everyone to be able to play tennis and keep you up to date as things develop and hope that we will all be back to normal life as soon as possible.  In the meantime please take care of yourselves and family members. 

Kind Regards

The Executive Committee

 

Dear Members
 
Please see below the latest advice from the LTA regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) published on 12/3/20.

The latest Government guidance and information regarding the coronavirus can be found via the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
The LTA is in communication with the Government and other relevant organisations regarding the coronavirus, and has been advised there is presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would.  This applies to tennis, and so tennis activities in Britain can continue as normal.  Should that position change or further advice and guidance be provided then this page will be updated.

Preventing the spread of Covid-19
As with any other illness, all those involved in tennis in Britain are encouraged to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and avoid catching it by following Public Health England and NHS guidance.  Information on how to do this is provided on the NHS.UK website, with additional information available on the Public Health England blog.


For organisations offering community and leisure services, the Government has advised that hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. Materials including posters for Public Health England’s campaign to help stop the spread of viruses can be downloaded from their resources website.


Anyone who has been advised to self-isolate or stay at home based on the advice on the NHS.UK website should clearly not therefore take part in tennis activities or visit their tennis club for the duration of the specified period.

We also recommend not shaking hands at the end of a match.

At this point we have not been advised of any cancellation of LTA competitions we are involved in and our internal tennis competitions are continuing, including our Club Closed Kick Off Day on the 29th.  

This is a fast moving situation but we will be monitoring the situation carefully and will update you as we get further advise and information.  We will get back to you early next week regarding the quiz night which is due to take place on Saturday 21st March. 


Kind Regards
Executive Committee

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