Back to Tennis - Promoting Healthy Practices
With clubs across the section beginning to slowly reopen, many are placing new guidelines that players and employees must follow to ensure the safety of everyone at the facility. Read below to see what clubs around the section are doing to promote healthy practices for their members and employees.
- Require masks for employees in accordance with state mandates.
- Post signs on-site demonstrating your facility’s particular guidelines. Printable social distance signs can be found HERE.
- All payments should be accepted online or over the phone. Debit/credit card payment only. To simplify your payment process, you can link your organization to a payment processing system (PPS). One example of a PPS is a Stripe Account (view Stripe HERE). This is the account that is used with the USTA TMT website builder tool.
- Establish a Member Code of Conduct (sample) that each member must follow and make available to when entering the facility.
- Ensure entrances and exits are separate.
- Conduct meetings in open spaces with a restricted number of people.
- Remove doors or gates to courts, or use bungee cords to keep them open.
- Courts with divider nets are being kept closed to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Clubs are advising members to come to the facility dressed to play. Gyms and locker rooms may not be permitted during this time.
- To limit the spread of COVID-19 related illnesses, benches, scorecards, water coolers, and chairs on the court will not be available at some facilities.
- No food is being allowed on the courts at some facilities as well.
- It is recommended that each player brings their own can of tennis balls. Players will only be allowed to touch the tennis balls they brought and use their racquet to retrieve their opponent’s tennis balls. Players are also being encouraged to wipe down their equipment before heading to the court
- Personal items such as water bottles, towels, hand sanitizers should stay on that player's side of the court during play.
- Enable contact tracing.
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