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Covid-19 return to play guidance for participants updated September 2021

Tennis is a naturally socially distant sport, but members and visitors should take the following steps to reduce the risk of transmission when attending and participating in tennis activity.

1. Check for Covid-19 symptoms

Before attending any tennis activity, players, officials, volunteers, and coaches should self-assess for symptoms of Covid-19. These are:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any sporting activity, even if your symptoms are mild. You should follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

If you have been informed that you need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace (or are required to self-isolate in relation to travel), you must do so.

You should not leave your isolation location to participate in sport and physical activity. You can find more information in the NHS guidance on how to self-isolate.

2. Follow the club’s safety measures

Please continue to ‘check in’ using the NHS app to scan thee QR code, supporting NHS Test and Trace, or signing the book. Whilst this is no longer a legal requirement for venues or participants, it can support NHS Test and Trace and reduce risk of transmission of the virus. The club continues to provide hand sanitiser for players’ use.

3. Take part safely

As a socially distant sport, the risk of transmission of Covid-19 whilst participating is low. However, participants should continue to:

  • Follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in sport environments. Also consider the wishes of other participants (i.e. if they do not wish to shake hands after a match).

  • Avoid sharing water bottles or other refreshment containers. Where possible, you should take your own drink, in a labelled or highly distinguishable container.

  • Face coverings are no longer required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings, to protect themselves and others.

Issued by Saxmundham Tennis Club Committee

September 2021

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