COVID-19 Return to Tennis Guidance
Reopening of Tennis in the Republic of Ireland
Since the Covid 19 restrictions and lockdown were introduced in March, like many other governing bodies of sport, Tennis Ireland has been engaging with Sport Ireland and Government on a range of issues including the financial impact of the crisis on clubs, coaches and indeed our organisation and the potential for the safe resumption of Tennis.
Frameworks for Playing Tennis during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extraordinary demands on every one of us as individuals, as parents, as families, as workers, as business owners, as players and as clubs. The Republic of Ireland as a country is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to COVID-19, to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has
inflicted on society. To this end, a Framework for Restrictive Measures as part of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 has been developed and released by the Irish Government to help us to go about our daily lives as much as
possible, while managing the behaviour of the virus.
In response to the Government’s Framework our team, in consultation with Sport Ireland and its Return to Sport Expert Group, and in line with Government Guidelines, have developed a framework of restrictive
measures that is specific to Tennis in the Republic of Ireland.
The protocols and restrictions reflect each of the relevant levels and there are clear differences in sporting activity between the higher and lower levels of the plan. The framework is also designed so that either national
or county level restrictions can be applied. We are asking that clubs make themselves aware of and implement the measures contained within the
framework to help safeguard staff and members. This will allow all of us to play safely and keep our communities safe while the threat of COVID-19 exists.
Our measures and procedures are under constant review and updated as advice from government, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions.
Framework for Playing Tennis during COVID-19
Protocols for Tennis
The protocols which can be accessed via the links below, aim to safeguard staff, volunteers, members, and the wider community.
Running Safe Tennis Camps during COVID-19
Running Safe Tennis Camps during Covid19
Sample Camp COVID 19 Screening Form
Return to Competition Guidelines
Return to Competition Guidelines Version 3 – Updated Aug 21st
Sample Conditions of Entry – Regulations
See Resources section for Phase 1 and Phase 2 Guidelines
Guidance-for-Clubs_Phase-3 Version 2 – Updated August 21st
The measures cover each step of the journey from home to the club and back home again and it is recommended that they are implemented in full until further notice.
The measures and procedures are under constant review and will be updated as advice from government, health authorities and governing bodies evolves in line with the gradual lifting of social restrictions.
Tennis Ireland will be preparing further protocols as we move through each phase and will communicate and distribute these in advance to our clubs and stakeholders via our various channels.
To further assist clubs, Tennis Ireland has established a dedicated email address, email@example.com which can be utilised by clubs to pose questions or indeed suggest further good practice. This email account will be monitored daily.
There are four key tools in the fight against Covid-19:
- The maintenance of Social / Physical Distancing is key, and the protocols devised for clubs, players and coaches during the first phase of reopening clearly outline the requirements in this regard.
- Undertaking Good Hand Hygiene Practices and cleaning regimes and the ready availability of hand sanitizing gels is something that every club should promote by having sanitizing gel available both in the clubhouse and adjacent to courts. Tennis Ireland has engaged with several agents whom clubs can utilise to source such products and they can be sourced via this link List of Suppliers for Sanitiser Products
- Respiratory Etiquette which includes coughing or sneezing into the elbow or a tissue, disposing of the tissue safely and then cleansing the hands.
- The Education of club staff, volunteers, members and coaches to inform their behavior is very important. This can be achieved through regular communication of the protocols via club communication channels and by displaying the range of information posters that can be accessed via the link below throughout the club environment. Tennis Ireland will also regularly post communications via its own channels in this regard and will organise and communicate to clubs the details of online webinars to assist with any queries in the coming days.
Following the protocols and using the tools at our disposal will prevent the spread and further outbreaks of Covid-19.
The risk of a second wave of the virus is ever present. As a country, we can only move from one phase to the next if the virus stays under control between each phase. As a sport we must be mindful that on account of our sport being one of the first to reopen that we will be in the spotlight and poor practice will be exposed and criticized widely. Therefore, as a sporting community we will all need to play our part so it is vital that the protocols that will be developed and communicated in each phase are strictly followed.
Guidance for Clubs_Version 3 Updated 17 May
Guidance for Coaches_Version 3 Updated 17 May
Guidance for Players_Version 2 Updated 17 May
Guidance for Clubs_Phase 2
Guidance for Players_Phase 2
HSE Stay Safe. Protect Each Other Poster
Cover Your Cough and Sneeze