COVID 19 Updates

May 30, 2020 Update

Here is what we know as of May 30, 2020.

The Town of Whitby has put up the nets at Iroquois Park and Peel park, however, the courts are currently for casual public use and people are asked to maintain social distancing.  

The Town of Whitby not be issuing court permits until, at the earliest, July 2nd. Whitby Tennis Club registration remains closed until further notice. 

The Whitby Tennis Club suggests that if you do choose to play casual tennis that you follow the recommendations as laid out by the Ontario Tennis Association and by Tennis Canada. At this time, some of their recommendations include:
  • If anyone is not feeling well, exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, or returned home from abroad in the last 14 days, please stay home.
  • At this time, the Town of Whitby wants social distancing to be maintained at all times and all provincial directions towards meeting/playing be enforced for each others safety.
  • Players within the same family or very close friends should choose to play together as you know each others health conditions.
  • If players are playing with players, other than family or very close friends, take appropriate precautions and directions as mandated by the Provice, OTA and Tennis Canada.
  • If you are in the high-risk group, you should refrain from playing.
  • Players should be reminded to be vigilant about coughing or sneezing into a tissue or into the crook of their elbow and to immediately dispose of any used tissue; then wash their hands or use sanitizer.
  • Players should remain at least 2 metres apart from one another and have no physical contact, such as post-game handshake.  Instead, touch the rackets edge from a distance or a simple thumbs up as an alternative or show your best dance move from a distance.
  • Every player should use their own can of balls while serving and clearly mark their own balls prior to the start of play.  It is also good practice to keep the balls idle for at least 3 days after a game and before using the same balls again.   
  • Hand contact with balls should be minimzed, other than while serving.  Players are encouraged to use their racket or foot to push the balls back.
  • Players are encouraged to bring their own hand-sanitizer and adopt proper hygiene practices.
  • Players should be aware that the Iroquois Park washrooms will be closed, at least for some time intially.

For a more comprehensive list of recommendations for a safe return to tennis, the infomation can be found with the following links: 
The OTA: 
https://files.constantcontact.com/159e4ade201/4a1b55e8-b0d4-4852-8ce0-2301298faa47.pdf
Tennis Canada:
http://www.tenniscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Post-covid-Recommandations-Joueurs-ENG_compressed-1.pdf
http://www.tenniscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Post-covid-Recommandations-Club-ENG_compressed-2.pdf 

The information from OTA and Tennis Canada is updated as the situation changes, so it would be beneficial to review the information from the above 3 links on a regular basis.

We are all learning something new everyday as we walk through these unprecedented times, so exert caution and enjoy a safe and healthy time ahead!

 

 

May 16, 2020 Update

As Ontario is in the first stages of its re-opening, unfortunately, the Whitby Tennis Club is still unable to provide any dates as to when the registration for our 2020 Outdoor Season will begin.

This is what we know to-date:

  • The Town of Whitby has not yet determined when they will put up the nets on the tennis courts or when they will be able to issue permits to the WTC for court usage

  • ​The province of Ontario and the Town of Whitby continue to stress that even on tennis courts, social distancing must still be observed, and no more than five people can gather

  • The ICTA has cancelled the Junior Leagues

Tennis Canada has published recommendations on their website for tennis players, and for organizations that organize Tennis events.  As of May 16th, these recommendations include:

  • Tennis clubs should limit activities to court bookings and one on one lessons or group lessons with four or fewer people in the group.

  • Only every other court should be used.  

  • Tennis players should play only with people from their own household, or people who are low risk. Do not play (or play with) if you are in the high-risk demographic (elderly, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, obese, heart problems etc).  

  • Limit your play to singles (mostly).

  • Every player uses their own can of balls, and never touches another player's tennis balls

Tennis Canada will update these recommendations as the situation improves.  Details of Tennis Canada's most up to date recommendations can be found at these links:

http://www.tenniscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Post-covid-Recommandations-Joueurs-ENG_compressed.pdf ​​
http://www.tenniscanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-Recommendations-for-club-administrators-EN_compressed.pdf

As we continue to get updates, we will pass this information on to you, but our registration will remain closed until further notice.