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Summer/Fall 2020

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Tennis Covid-19 Policy


LESSONS AT MIDDLEBROOK COURTS: 

ADMISSION PROTOCOLS

Only WCE sanctioned instructors and pre-registered students will be allowed to participate in lessons on Town of Wilton tennis courts. Walk-on lessons will not be authorized. 

All current CDC social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. The maximum class size will not exceed 10 players. Masks will be worn on arrival and departure. Masks will be provided, if necessary,  to those who arrive on-site without their own mask.

The below procedure will be followed prior to the start of the tennis lesson:

  • A staggered entrance and exit to the tennis courts will occur at the primary gate. 
  • Players will be greeted at the gate by the WCE representative, who will confirm they are not exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness. 
  • Players will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer by the WCE representative who will wear a mask and gloves. The Information will be recorded.
  • A log will be maintained for the duration of the program.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on arrival and again as the players depart.
  • Any player who is exhibiting signs of mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC will not be allowed to attend the tennis lessons. See Instructor/Student Illness Policy.
  • Each player will have their own area in which to leave their personal belongings. This will be 6 ft from the next person. 
  • Players will not congregate before, during or after the lesson.  
  • Makeup lessons will be added to the end of the program due to inclement weather or other circumstances. 
  • Bathrooms will not be available for use. 

The following guidelines are USTA recommendations on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through diligent hygiene and awareness prior to and during participation in lessons.

Protect against infections:

  • Use hand sanitizer 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.
  • Use new balls and a new grip, if possible.
  • Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Arrive as close as possible to start time.
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc.

LESSON PROTOCOL

Players and instructors will not be required to wear a mask during lessons. However, it is expected and required that social distancing will occur and a space of at least 6 feet will be maintained between players. In any instance where social distancing rules cannot be adhered to, a mask will be required of those individuals. 

The following guidelines outline USTA recommendations on intra-play safety.

  • Try to stay at least 6 feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
  • No sharing food, drinks or towels.
  • Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • The instructor shall wear gloves when handling the ball hopper which has been thoroughly cleaned. Anyone else touching it will need to use hand sanitizer after touching it. 
  • Stay on your side of court. Avoid changing ends of the court. If you do change ends then please walk in opposite directions to maintain social distancing.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.

POST-LESSON PROTOCOL

At the completion of the tennis lesson, players will quickly assemble their equipment and exit the court. Instructors will confirm that no equipment, clothing, miscellaneous items have been left behind.

Socializing and lingering will not be allowed after lessons as to allow time for instructors to clean, disinfect, and prepare for upcoming lessons. Players will maintain social distancing requirements until they depart the facility.

The following USTA guidance on end-of-play outlines safe measures for players once they exit the court.

  • Leave the court immediately upon completion of play.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing. 
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play.

INSTRUCTOR/PLAYER ILLNESS POLICY

The below procedure will be followed should a player or instructor become ill during the course of the tennis lesson:

  • Player(s) will be instructed to leave the court immediately. 
  • WCE will document the incident and notify all players in the lessons and the Parks & Recreation department. 
  • Cleaning and disinfection will occur on the courts as necessary.
  • Players or instructors who have had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 may only return to lessons with a documented negative COVID-19 test result or a note from a healthcare provider clearing them to safely return. 
  • In the case of an instructor exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19; classes will be suspended immediately and will not resume until the instructor is medically cleared OR an alternative WCE Instructor is put in his/her place.
  • Parks & Recreation will be notified immediately if a player or instructor has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Instructors will abide by and implement these policies, and create an environment that fosters both safety and learning during lessons. 

INFORMED CONSENT 

I hereby attest that I have been informed of the following pertaining to the coronavirus:

 o People who are 65 years and older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions or are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay at home. A list of medical conditions associated with a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 can be found in CDC’s guidance.1 Individuals and families should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether they have medical conditions that place them at risk. 

o Staff and children living in households with individuals who are 65 years and older OR have higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to stay home. 

Includes chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised (cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications), severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher), diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis and liver disease. Individuals should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether they have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

 

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Signature of Player                                                Printed Name of Player

 

_________________________________________ _______________________________________ 

Date

 

2020 WCE ADULT TENNIS PROGRAM ILLNESS REPORT FORM

 

Date/Time of Reporting:__________________

Name of Student:__________________

Date/Time of Suspected Illness:___________

Dismissal from Program: Self     Pick up     EMS     (circle one)

List Name(s):_____________________________  Phone: ______________

Destination: Home     Hospital     Urgent Care     Dr. Office     (circle one)

List Location(s): ___________________________

 

NOTES: 

Date Last Attended WCE Adult Tennis Program:________

Illness:     Suspected                   Confirmed     (circle one)

 

WCE Reporter:_____________________

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