The Official Site for the WEST REGION of the Ontario Tennis Association

OTA West Region – Ontario Re-opens Tennis

 
OTA West Region – Ontario Re-opens Tennis
 
OTA West Region – Ontario Re-opens Tennis

For many, we were caught off guard on last weeks announcement that tennis around the province could re-open on Tuesday of this week. 

Would we be in compliance with municipal closures? How do we re-open safely? What are our responsibilities to volunteers, staff and members?

It would appear that singles play with social distancing is the launching point.

I would direct you to Tennis Canada’s updated COVID 19 information. This now includes some very useful posters which you can print, laminate, and post around your facility. See attached

In addition, the OTA website also has some Return to Play information. 

The real challenge is to protect the health and safety of your members and staff while instilling confidence in your members that play will be safe.

Do not open unless you have a well documented plan that includes staff procedures, protections and recommendations that comply with local health and safety protocols.

It is recommended that if you have not done so already identify a small COVID committee who will be responsible for your response and can adapt your protocols as we move towards a full reopening. This group can also review any liability concerns and monitor staff compliance with your recommendations.

For smaller clubs opening your courts and posting appropriate signage may seem reasonably simple; but do you open washrooms, clubhouses and can you afford to implement the sanitization requirements necessary to maintain a safe environment. Do you have a plan should COVID 19 goes in the wrong direction?

This is the new normal for tennis organizers who just want to play some tennis.

If you have a recommendation for PPE suppliers, we would be happy to pass this information on to other clubs.

Tennis by its very nature trains us on how to overcome adversity so maybe we, as tennis leaders have an advantage going into this crisis. Stay safe.

 

Arthur Wolf

Co-Chair OTA WEST REGION

cc. Nancy Loeffler-Caro, Co-Chair OTA West Region

 
 
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