Coronavirus advice and information
Our club is closed until further notice due to the recent government decision over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Great Ayton LTC Statement on Covid 19
To all members,
Clearly we are in worrying times, with a restriction on many activities for very good public health reasons. However, as advice currently stands, tennis does still offer the opportunity for safe communal exercise, providing some common sense rules are followed. Indeed the LTA has released a statement clarifying that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits.
In line with this, and incorporating national and local medical guidance, our current advice to members is summarised below:
If you are feeling well, with neither you or anyone in your household having had a fever of persistent cough over the last 14 days, it is reasonable to continue playing social tennis, providing that a number of precautions are taken.
Avoid close contact and ensure social distancing (don’t stand within 2m of others for any length of time, don’t shake hands – a touch of rackets could suffice).
Avoid using the clubhouse.
Bring your own water bottle.
Do not share a racket.
Use hand sanitizer before and after playing, and after opening/ closing padlock to courts.
Whilst some clubs have suggested wearing a disposable glove on the non-playing hand, that may be of limited benefit (eg if you have a double handed backhand, or scratch your nose).
Members in vulnerable groups (over 70 or with significant health problems) should avoid tennis at present.
There will be no organised events whilst current restrictions are in place, to avoid large groups of members using the club at the same time. Clearly, if the courts are becoming full, take care to avoid all congregating on the benches.
You may be aware that the Cleveland League has delayed matches until at least the end of May.
This advice may change should there be a change in government policy.