Version 7 – 2 December 2020

WGTC will be open again for outdoor play only on Wednesday 2 December.

As you will be aware, the Government has announced that England will return to a system of tiered restrictions, which will be effective from 00.01 on Wednesday 2 December once the current lockdown period ends.

It looks like the tennis community’s collective lobbying has been heard and no matter what tier we are in, we will be able to play tennis.Thank you for all your support in helping to campaign – we definitely punch above our weight!

We are so delighted to be able to open again and cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you on court, and will be in touch again before Christmas with festive greetings!


We are re-issuing our current WGTC Coronavirus-COVID 19 Guidelines as a reminder to members. As before, we need members to please respect and follow our Guidelines and advise us of any concerns.

HYGIENE

MASKS SHOULD NOW BE WORN INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE – Hand sanitiser is widely available for everyone’s use.

INFORMAL SOCIAL PLAY

There should be no socialising before or after play and members should not mingle in groups of more than SIX at any time.

THE COURTYARD

Players must not congregate in the courtyard. Our existing rule to have a maximum of SIX people in the courtyard area must be adhered to.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Members are reminded to maintain social distancing before, during and after play, and to leave the club promptly after your session.

INDOOR FACILITIES

The Clubhouse remains closed for general/social use, and there should be no more than SIX people in the clubhouse at any one time for the purpose of accessing toilet facilities, First Aid and emergency equipment.

MAIN ENTRANCE

Please take particular care to socially distance when entering or exiting the clubhouse by the main entrance.

SPECTATORS

Spectators are not allowed at the club, with the exception of one parent/guardian for a junior player.

COMMUNICATION

Any tennis related activity has the potential for increasing the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Please read and observe all new and emerging club signage.

NHS TEST & TRACE

All members, coaches, parents, staff and visitors should check in via the NHS Test & Trace app on their smart phone (QR code posters are available for venue check-in). If a person does not have a smart phone or the app, they are required to sign in and out via the book using their own pen.


Please note previous guidance below remains in place.

Both singles play and doubles play is permitted with people from outside of your household, as long as you remain 2 metres apart as far as possible – meaning that 4 people from different households can now play doubles. For doubles, please consider agreeing in advance which player will take the shot if a ball travels to the centre of the court.

Players do not need to use their own clearly marked tennis balls, but you may still choose to do this. If you choose to use shared balls, however, then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play, and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after finishing using alcohol gel if required.

Players should still avoid using their hands to pick up tennis balls from other courts where possible – use your racket or foot to send them back.

Players are advised to clean their hands after touching shared surfaces such as court gates and benches and avoid doing so where possible.

Everyone is advised to avoid touching your face.

Ensure that there is no physical contact at all between players.

Pre book your court online. Allow a buffer period of 5 minutes between court bookings to allow players to leave before next players arrive. Please stop playing at least 5 minutes before the end of your booking, quickly collect your own balls and possessions and leave the court swiftly but safely.

All players and coaches, including juniors, should wash hands before and after a tennis session (or use an alcohol gel).

Clean and wipe down equipment, including rackets, cones and tennis balls, which can be sprayed with disinfectant.

Do not allow racket sharing or use of communal rackets.

Consider using new balls, where possible, and consider using a small number of balls for a lesson, so fresh balls can be used for each session. We will put new cans of balls on the table in the clubhouse with an “honesty book” for members to write down how many cans they have taken (£5 per can of balls). Please pay by bank transfer.

If someone who has played at WGTC develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should be directed to follow the Government’s ‘test and trace’ guidelines, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.

We will be reviewing our guidance constantly, in line with changing advice on the LTA website and with current and evolving Government advice and updating WGTC website accordingly.

Be aware that this advice may change at very short notice and so should be checked ahead of every session. Thank you again for following our Guidelines to date.