Here are the INITIAL guidelines The Cedar Club will be adopting which follow the ATPA’s safety protocol. We wanted to share these with you and plan to update these guidelines again before the season starts and as needed throughout the season. By following these guidelines, as well as those of our local government and health agencies, facilities and players will be able to make informed decisions and seek to follow best practices. If you prefer to wear a mask while playing, please do. As of now, we plan to start league play this fall as usual. We are discussing the specifics of league play and how best to provide a safe environment for all involved……more to follow. These guidelines fall into the common sense category but certainly warrant stating and adherence.
We recommend that individuals don’t play if you:
- Aren’t feeling well.
- 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, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Are a vulnerable individual and your state and region are in Phase One or Phase Two. 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 those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.
Preparing to Play
- Protect against infections.
- Wash your hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), 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 paddles and water bottles. Do not share paddles or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels.
- You are strongly encouraged to bring your own full water bottle to avoid touching a tap or water fountain handle.
- When not actively playing, please adhere to all proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and facemask protocols.
- If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
- Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there.
- Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
- Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
- Maintain physical distancing if changing ends of the court.
- Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
- Consideration should be given to not changing sides during each set. Only change sides after each set.
- Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
Hand sanitizer will be provided on each court, and both inside and outside the clubhouse. Bring your own mask and players are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing guidelines when not playing. Keep clubhouse use to a minimum.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please let us know. For those that have shared their thoughts with us already, thank you. This is a fluid situation and we want to make our season as safe as possible.
— The Board