Melton’s Hamilton Tennis Club is up and running again following an eight-week closure because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Club members were allowed back
on court today (Friday) providing they adhere to strict guidelines, though the clubhouse will remain closed and is
not likely to reopen until mid-July at the earliest.
Club chairman Gordon Hughes
said: “We have conducted and completed a risk assessment and taken
actions as required.”
“Our absolute goal is to ensure
all our members stay safe within our environment and do not pass any infections
on to fellow members. We are following stipulation from the Government and
taking guidance from the Lawn Tennis Association.”
He also said it was a great
time to join the club as tennis is one
of the few sports the Government are allowing people to play.
As always, we would welcome new members. Tennis is a great sport at
this time as you can relatively easily maintain
social distance. After weeks of being in total lockdown many people will
be looking to get more active again.
In order to comply with the
guidelines only four of the club’s six courts will be available and an online
booking system has been set up.
For the time
being only singles play will be allowed except
for members of the same household who can play doubles.
Members will have to bring
their own balls and use gloves when handling them.
Players are asked to respect
social distancing at all times.
As the club house will remain
closed with no access, this means there will be no court lighting, toilets or
any food and drink facilities. A first aid station has been set up adjacent to
the defibrillator unit.