Policies and Procedures for Outdoor Court Usage at the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club
The Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club is committed to making our club the safest and healthiest place to play tennis and exercise in Utah! We were among the first clubs to voluntarily temporarily close our doors on March 17th because it was the right thing to do. Protecting the health and wellbeing of our staff and members is always our number one priority.
The State and City have begun a phased opening of businesses. Health and tennis clubs are included in the businesses that may open up in Phase One, but there are several safety measures and practices that must be implemented in order for our business to re-open. We have received approval from the Salt Lake City Board of Health to open up our 8 outdoor courts on Monday, April 27th.
In consultation with the Salt Lake City Board of Health, complying with the Governor’s guidelines, our Health and Safety Consultant, management team, tennis professionals, and tennis industry leaders, we have created the following sanitary and social distancing set of practices that will be enforced at the club and that includes:
- Washing hands before playing tennis is required and you will have use of the sinks in the locker rooms.
- During Stage One, there will be no chairs or tables available or areas to congregate in the club. The club will offer tennis play and programs but none of our favorite ways to hang out with our friends and family.
- Players can leave their car or bike no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled court time.
- When players are finished playing, you need to go directly to your car unless you need to use the toilet facilities.
- No touching of any type–handshakes, high fives, hugs, etc.
- Players must keep a minimum of 6-10 feet apart at all times; social distancing will be strictly enforced at all times.
- All students are requested to bring a small bag for tennis essential tennis items and rackets.
- Place your tennis items near the bench/chair on the opposite side of the court as your opponent or practice partner. When you change sides on odd games, walk on the side where your gear is so the social distancing requirements are easy to comply with.
- Only tennis professionals can use the hoppers, ball mowers, and carts that have been disinfected, to ensure that students don’t touch the hard smooth surfaces of the handles. Students are strongly encouraged to only roll the balls towards the net or back fence during ball collecting times.
- We have taken down all scorecards to eliminate another potential source of spreading the virus.
After much study and conversation, we can find no research that proves one way or the other that the virus can spread via tennis balls. For those concerned with this possibility and in tennis lessons we do recommend the following practices regarding touching tennis balls:
- Refrain from using your hands to pick up balls–roll, kick or hit the balls to your opponent.
- If you are playing points with serving, have each player have their own different numbered balls that only they touch when serving. The player who is not serving hits with their racket or rolls the ball to their opponent.
- If you are practicing your serve with a pro or another player put a glove on your non-dominant hand.