Tennis club is re-opening but read the QATC Re-opening Safety Plan first

We are pleased to announce that our club will be reopening on Monday, July 6th and reservations can now be made.  Pursuant to new New York State Interim COVID-19 Guidlines for Sports & Recreation, the QATC Board has determined that, similar to other local tennis clubs, we can now safely open for indoor play in accordance with the following requirements.

To keep us all safe, it is critical that you follow the rules outlined below in the QATC COVID-19 Re-opening Safety Plan.  PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

At this time, we are re-opening for play by Club Members ONLY, due to possible liability/insurance issues.  NO GUESTS will be permitted to play.  Furthermore, it remains essential that those Club Members who choose to play fully and clearly understand that you assume any and all associated risks pertaining to same.

  • Hand sanitizer with (70% alcohol) will be provided on each court.
  • Disinfectant solution (BruTab 6S) in a spray bottle will be provided at each court for mandatory sanitizing of chairs and tables after play and for use in the restrooms and any other hard non-porous surface of concern.
  • BruTab 6S is an EPA listed (EPA 71847-6) bleach alternative effective against a broad range of microorganisms (including C. difficile spores, Hepatitis B, Norovirus and Canine parvovirus) on hard, non-porous surfaces and has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19).

In addition to existing QATC Rules and Regulations, the following guidance should be adhered while playing at the club:

Do not play if any of you:

  • Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus. According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Are a vulnerable individual. A vulnerable individual is an elderly individual and/or an individual with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma and/ or a compromised immune system  (e.g., such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other similar conditions).

Protect against infections:

  • Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds – minimum), and/or use a hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available), before going to the court.
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment (including racquets and water bottles). Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats, and towels.
  • Bring a full water bottle (to avoid touching water cooler handle).
  • Consider taking extra precautions (such as wearing gloves).
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Arrive as close as possible to the time when you are scheduled to play. If you or someone in your group does not arrive on time, the lights may be turned off and will need to cool down before coming back on.
  • Use sanitizer immediately after entering the club and before signing in (you may bring your own pen to sign in).
  • If you use the toilet, close the lid when flushing.

When Playing:

  • Be sure the ventilation system is on and running in summer mode.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact (such as shaking hands or high fives).
  • When playing doubles, coordinate with your partner to maintain physical distancing.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels.
  • Maintain physical distancing if changing ends of the court.
  • Remain apart from other players when taking a break.

After Playing:

  • Sanitize table and chairs (and any other hard, non-porous surface of concern) with BruTab 6S solution spray bottle.
  • Sanitize your hands after playing and before leaving the court area.
  • Do not use the shower. Shower at home.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
  • All players should leave the court as soon as reasonably possible after playing, using the club’s rear door to exit. Ensure rear door is properly closed after exiting.
  • If no players show up for the next slot, one member from the group that just finished play can turn off the lights and note the time in the sign in book. He/she can then exit out the front door since no one is in the lobby.

Ball Machine Use:
The ball machine can be used if desired.  The following surfaces should be sanitized prior to and after use of the ball machine:

  • Machine handles
  • Extension cord plug ends
  • Remote control and control panel
  • Ball retriever basket handles

Note:  Any member who exhibits symptoms after playing at the club needs to inform the QATC Board.  The board will then request the names of any other players present during the tennis match.

A copy of this COVID-19 Re-opening Safety Plan will be posted in the club lobby.

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