Latest Covid Update – 06/01/2021
Measures to suppress the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in regards to tennis exemptions have been ratified today.
Key points changed in relation to tier 4 outdoor tennis are as follows. Indoor tennis is closed:
You can exercise with people from other households outdoors. A maximum of two adults or children aged 12 and above from up to two separate households can meet outdoors for sport, meaning singles play only is possible, unless all players are from the same household or extended household. Players aged 11yrs and under are exempt from the legal gathering limit of up to 2 people from 2 different households
Players 12yr + should adhere to the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines (staying at least 2m away from others), and practice public health advice for hygiene.
Children aged 11 and under do not need to comply with physical distancing from each other at any time although physical distancing should be maintained in an organised environment as far as possible.
People who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 10 days and household members for 10 days as per NHS guidance. No one who is self isolating should attend a sports facility/activity.
No spectating should take place. Where attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) is required, or a carer for a disabled player, it is permitted and is not counted as part of the group activity, but should be off court and limited to one per player where possible, with physical distancing strictly observed while watching the sessions
Player access to indoor areas is allowed on a minimum basis, meaning entering a building to switch on floodlights, toilet access and locker use is permitted, as long as a riskassessment and appropriate mitigating actions are in place. Venues should ensure mitigating actions are put in place to minimise the risk of virus transmission including physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning measures. Face masks indoors is a mandatory requirement except where an exemption applies, or where there is a ‘reasonable excuse’ not to wear a face covering
Once guidance is implemented relating to the reopening of indoor (non-office) workplaces, venue staff and coaches can access indoor facilities, including for things such as for toilet/comfort breaks, storage of equipment and changing for work
Coach Sessions – There is no limit on the number of sessions that a coach can deliver per day
Coach Sessions – A maximum of two adults or children aged 12 and above from up to two separate households can take part in tennis coaching (coach excluded) during a lesson.
Coach Sessions – Children aged 11 and under are exempt from these limits, but where group activity is taking place in these circumstances, the number of coaches involved must not exceed household limits (i.e. maximum of two coaches for any given session)
All competitions for players aged 12 and over have to be cancelled up until the 31st January 2020 on the LTA Competition Management System
Competition for players aged 11 and under can continue at a local level (Grade 5 and 6) – players must be from the same Local Authority that the competition is held in or be a member at that club (please note it has to be players normal place to play tennis and if within 5 miles from the players Local Authority border)
Travel for exercise should be minimised to within the local authority or within a 5 mile boundary of the local area.
Please follow this link to the latest guidance from Tennis Scotland.