COVID-19 Safety

NEW ENGLAND TENNIS CENTER
COVID-19 INDOOR SAFETY POLICIES 2020–2021

  • New England Tennis Center @ Orchard Hills Athletic Club
    100 Duval Road | Lancaster, MA 01523

  • New England Tennis Center @ the WestFit Club
    4 Littleton Road | Westford, MA 01886

SAFETY POLICIES

Guidelines

NETC follows CDC, State, and Local guidelines in maintaining a clean, safe environment for participants. NETC is personally in touch with Local Board of Health Departments to ensure that new and existing regulations are met.

Arriving/Exiting Club

  1. Arriving: Please use the main entrance of each club and head directly to the courts. 


  2. Exiting: Single and small group play may exit the main entrance. Large group play exits 5 minutes prior to official program end time. Coaches walk players out. 
NOTE: OHAC dismissal is side door (basketball court) to allow for smooth traffic flow. 


  3. Parents of junior players participating in GROUP PLAY should drop off and pick up only. If you would like your child to be 
walked into the club, please let the coaches know and NETC will coordinate accordingly. 


  4. Parents of junior players participating in PRIVATE PLAY may enter the club and sit ON COURT for their child’s lesson. Otherwise, we ask that you wait outside the club. 


  5. A mask must be worn when entering the club and directly to the courts. See Section PPE AND FACE MASK AND COVERING SECTION for SPECIFIC FACIAL COVERING POLICY

  6. Please do not enter the club if you do not have a scheduled activity. 


Social Distancing

  1. Physical distancing must be practiced by participants and staff at all times, including but not limited to:
    1. Private Training
    2. Group Training
    3. Competitive Play
    4. Demonstrations 

    5. Transition Time 


  2. NETC ensures that participants and staff groupings are as static as possible by minimizing rotations of participants, duration of rotation times, and court assignments.

  3. NETC restricts nonessential visitors, other employees, volunteers, and activities involving other groups at the same time as program operations.

  4. NETC provides spaced seating areas to a minimum of six feet apart. 


  5. Close communal use spaces such as lobby areas are closed. 


  6. NETC adjusts arrival and drop-off times/locations, entering/exiting locations, and/or puts in place other protocols to limit direct contact with others as much as possible. 


  7. Participants and staff belongings are stored in a manner where they do not touch. 


  8. NETC limits activities to those who cannot maintain social distancing and supports proper hand hygiene.

  9. NETC limits nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other groups and restricts attendance of those from higher transmission areas. 



Safe Teaching and Playing Tennis Practice

  1. Teaching Tennis
    1. Coaches do not touch participants during teaching sessions. Instructional tips, visual aids, and mirroring techniques are used. 

    2. Coaches try their best to stay on the other side of the court. 

    3. Unless comfortable, participants do not touch the tennis balls. 

    4. When picking up tennis balls, participants may use their racquet/foot or, if comfortable, can handle ball basket. 


  2. Playing Tennis
    1. Due to the nature of the sport, both singles and doubles are deemed safe to play without modifications to the game rules. 

    2. If comfortable, participants may share the tennis balls. 

    3. If uncomfortable, participants should each have 2 tennis balls labeled accordingly. When competing, only use your tennis balls and advise the other participants to use the racquet/foot technique to return your ball. 

    4. Try your best to prevent any incidental contact. If playing singles, this is easily prevented. If playing doubles, be aware of your partner’s position and call out balls accordingly.
    5. When completing a point and/or match, do not shake hands, high five, etc... You can tap racquets. 


Cleaning & Disinfection Practices

  1. NETC uses EPA-registered disinfectants and sanitizers for use against COVID-19 and follows directions on the label, including ensuring that the disinfectant or sanitizer is approved for that type of surface. 


  2. NETC does not prepare cleaning solutions in close proximity to children. 


  3. NETC checks that each disinfectant and sanitizer is intended for disinfection, and ensures the product is not past its expiration date. 


  4. All sanitizing and disinfecting solutions are used in areas with adequate ventilation and never in close proximity to participants and staff as to not trigger acute symptoms with asthma or other health concerns.
  5. No spray chemicals around children staff and participants. 


  6. Disposable paper towels are used for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Sponges shall not be used for sanitizing or disinfecting. 


  7. Pump or trigger sanitizer sprays are to be used. 


  8. To ensure effective cleaning and disinfecting, surfaces are cleaned with soap and water, then disinfect using a diluted bleach solution, alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or an EPA approved disinfectant. 


  9. While cleaning and disinfecting, staff wear gloves as much as possible and hand washing or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after these procedures is required. Staff clothing will not be worn again until after being laundered at the warmest temperature possible.
  10. NETC complies with OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030), including proper disposal of regulated waste and PPE (29 CFR 1910.132). NETC follows CDC infection control guidelines designed to protect individuals from exposure to diseases spread by blood, bodily fluids, or excretions that may spread infectious disease. 


  11. NETC clubs are cleaned daily before any participants have arrived. Throughout the day, regularly scheduled cleaning practices are followed. 


  12. When scheduled activity is complete, staff and participants are required to wash hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer. NETC recommends to clean and wipe down your racquet. 


Hygiene and Health Practices

  1. NETC has adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap and hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. We recommend participants and staff use their own sanitizer when possible.

  2. Hand hygiene stations are setup at the entrance to the courts and on court. Bathrooms are available for additional hand washing. 


  3. Sport specific signs are posted to help educate how to stop the spread of germs. 


  4. When scheduled activity is complete, staff and participants are required to wash hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer. NETC recommends to clean and wipe down your racquet. 


  5. Use only your own water bottles and towels. 


  6. Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.

PPE and Face Mask and Covering

  1. FACIAL COVERINGS are NOT REQUIRED when participating in SINGLES PLAY and 1:1 PRIVATE/SEMI PRIVATE LESSONS. This includes members and staff.

  2. FACIAL COVERINGS are REQUIRED when participating in all other tennis related activities, i.e. DOUBLES PLAY, JUNIOR GROUP PLAY/PRACTICE (regardless singles/doubles), ADULT GROUP PLAY/PRACTICE, and GROUP LESSONS. This includes members and staff.

    Unless New England Tennis Center has received a WRITTEN DOCTOR'S NOTE, there are no exceptions to the above policies.

  3. Participants and staff should have a sufficient supply of clean masks and face coverings in order to replace the covering as needed. If members, parents, children and/or staff are unable to provide masks, NETC will provide a mask as necessary. 


Participant and/or Staff Contract COVID-19

  1. Participant/staff diagnosed with COVID-19 positive or symptomatic and presumed to have.

  2. COVID-19, must contact NETC owners Mike Gardner or Kevin Curley. 


  3. Working with the Local Board of Health and/or Staff/Parent/Guardian, NETC will determine: 

    1. The date of symptom onset for the participant/staff. 

    2. If the participant/staff was in the club/s while symptomatic or during the two days before symptoms began. If so, which days.
    3. Who had close contact with participant/staff during those day/s. 

    4. In the event of an “exposure,” NETC will notify participants and staff potentially exposed.

  4. If a participant/staff diagnosed with COVID-19 was deemed to be in the club while infected, the club will close for 1 day and a full cleaning and circulation of air will occur. 


  5. Participant/staff diagnosed with COVID-19 positive or symptomatic and presumed to have COVID-19 must not return until they have met the criteria for discontinuing home isolation and have consulted with a health care provider. Release from isolation is under the jurisdiction of the Local Board of Health.

Participant and/or Staff Self Isolating Following Exposure or Potential Exposure

  1. Participant/staff directly exposed to a person who contracted COVID-19 or presumed to have COVID-19, must contact NETC owners Mike Gardner or Kevin Curley. 


  2. The “exposure” is determined by the current state guidelines for what is deemed directly exposed. 


  3. NETC follows these current state guidelines to determine when the participant/staff may re-enter the club/s and will consult the Local Board of Health for additional guidance. 



HAVE FUN!

TENNIS has been deemed a LEVEL 1 SPORT and is considered safe to play without any modifications to the game! ONLY 4 sports are deemed LEVEL1: Tennis, Golf, Swimming, and CrossCountry/Track. If we follow all guidelines, we are confident that we’ll be playing TENNIS all winter!

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