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CAUTION: RTC Health & Safety Guidelines during the Pandemic

Because tennis does not require any direct person-to-person contact, players can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that tennis offers so long as they practice social distancing by keeping 2 metres apart from other players to ensure they are in a safe exercise environment and follow other safety guidelines included here.

Although there is no specific evidence that tennis balls can spread COVID-19, we know that contamination by respiratory droplets from an infected person can potentially survive on hard surfaces up to three days.

If you choose to play tennis at RTC, please practice these safety tips and follow these guidelines.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • Play is conditional on provincial and city approval.
  • Singles and doubles are now allowed.
  • Washroom will only be opened when any of 5 designated Board Members are at the Club
  • Be aware that although restrictions are eased, safety precautions must remain in place until there is a universal vaccine or effective treatment for the coronavirus.
  • Do not play if you have:
  • any symptoms of the coronavirus or feel even mildly unwell.
  • had contact in the last 14 days with someone with COVID-19.
  • All members must submit a COVID-19 Member Waiver Form
  • All guests must submit a COVID-19 Guest Waiver Form
  • All players must log their court time using the Attendance Form
  • Court time will continue to be limited to 45 minutes or 1 set, whatever comes first.
TOUCH ONLY YOUR OWN TENNIS BALLS

It is possible that a tennis ball can transmit the Coronavirus. Therefore:

  • Each player should bring their own set of tennis balls.
  • Use a felt marker to clearly identify your tennis balls.
  • Use only your own balls when serving.
  • Do not touch other players tennis balls with your hands.
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST INFECTIONS
  • Bring hand sanitizer to use after opening the gate upon arrival, touching light switches, squeegees, before and after using the ball machine, and after closing the gate upon departure.
  • Don’t share racquets or any other equipment.
  • Bring your own water or sports drink.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Avoid contacting tennis nets, gates, fences, benches, etc.
DURING PLAY
  • Stay at least 2-metre distance from other players. Do not make physical contact with them.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment to reduce risk of acquiring the virus.
  • Use hand sanitizer promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth, as even asymptomatic individuals can spread the virus.
  • Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Don’t use your hands to pick up balls.
  • When taking a break stay apart from other players.
  • When a ball from another court comes to you, give it back by using your feet only or with your racquet.
  • Doubles Play: use hand signals and verbal communication for strategizing; maintain 2m separation.
WHEN FINISHED PLAYING
  • Leave the court as soon as possible.
  • Use hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • No social activity or gatherings should take place.
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
  • Go home and stretch!

PLEASE REMEMBER: TENNIS IS ONLY A GAME, YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE NOT. 

RESPECT YOURSELF, RESPECT ONE ANOTHER. BE SAFE!!