Updated 14 July 2020

Altona Tennis Club is pleased that the tennis courts can remain open under Level 3 restrictions but there are some important changes — we need every member to please adhere to the rules and help keep the club safe. 

The club is adhering to guidance from the state government, Tennis Victoria and Hobsons Bay City Council. The rules below may change in the coming weeks and we will keep you informed of any updates. 

In the meantime, please carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions (below) and use courts in a safe way. 

If you have any questions that aren’t addressed below, please get in touch via email: admin@altonatennisclub.org.au 

Can I continue to play tennis? 
Yes — but the following restrictions apply:
– Family groups from the same household (singles or doubles)
– Two people from separate households (singles only)
– Restricted small group or one on one coaching

Please maintain social distance of at least 1.5m from all other people at all times. 

Must I use the sign in registry?
Yes — every player must sign in using the registry outside the clubhouse EVERY time they access the courts. This is very important in case we need to trace you. Your details will be kept for 28 days.

Use the sanitiser provided before and after signing the registry.

How many people can play tennis? 
Tennis Victoria guidelines allow a maximum of 10 people, excluding any coaches to be on an area of 100sqm, while maintaining social distance of at least 1.5m. 
– Family groups from the same household (singles or doubles)
– Two people from separate households (singles only)
– Restricted small group or one on one coaching
Please maintain social distance of at least 1.5m from all other people at all times.

No one who is not actively playing tennis (such as spectators, parents or friends) is allowed on the courts or within the club premises. 

Is the clubhouse open? 
The clubhouse can only be accessed for the purposes of using the toilets or turning on the floodlights. Before entering the clubhouse, first sanitise your hands, using the sanitiser provided at the entrance door. Only one person may enter the clubhouse at a time – using a ‘one in; one out’ approach. The kitchen is closed and no gatherings are allowed.

What if I need to use the toilet? 
Members may access the toilets. Anyone entering the clubhouse must first sanitise their hands, using the sanitiser provided at the entrance door. Only one person may enter the clubhouse at a time – using a ‘one in; one out’ approach.

Can I attend tennis lessons again? 
Yes, limited small group coaching is allowed under the restrictions.  

Vida Tennis is co-ordinating limited lessons. Enroll online or call Mark Peel: 0488 098 680. 

Can I have a hit at night under lights?  
Yes, members may enter the clubhouse to turn on the lights. Anyone entering the clubhouse must first sanitise their hands, using the sanitiser provided at the entrance door. Only one person may enter the clubhouse at a time – using a ‘one in; one out’ approach.

Can social tennis groups play tennis? 
Unfortunately, the current restrictions don’t allow for social tennis. o under current restrictions.

The club is not currently offering any other normal scheduled group tennis activities, such as Fast4 leagues.  

What must I bring to the courts? 
Bring your own water bottles already filled with water, as you will not be able to refill them as the clubhouse is closed, as well as your own hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and sunscreen.   

What must I do before, during and after playing?  
Thoroughly wash your hands before coming to the club and also sanitize your hands before and after playing. You must maintain the courts as normal, including watering and bagging, and sweeping the lines during play. After playing, bag the court and then wipe down any surfaces you may have touched, including the baggers, sweepers, hose and tap. 

Can I shake hands with other players? 
No, handshakes are not allowed. Try a racket tap instead, while maintaining social distance of 1.5m. 

Can I use other people’s racquets or borrow one from the club?
No, sharing of equipment, except balls, is not allowed. Members must bring and use their own balls. If you need a racquet, get in touch with Mark Peel, who has various options available: 0488 098 680. Hot Shots players can get a new racquet for $20. You can also check out the Vida Tennis website or Tennis Only, which offers a demo program.

Can people watch me play? 
No, only people core to playing or coaching may be on the club premises or the courts. 

Can I get picked up or dropped off at the club? 
Yes, drivers can drop off or collect players or people having lessons. However, drivers and other passengers may not enter the club and should remain in their cars and leave as soon as possible.  

Is court hire available? 
No, courts are currently only available to members or for coaching. 

How can I access the courts if the club is locked?  
Full members can order a key for a fee of $55 – contact club secretary Ewa Schreiber: 0447 296 603.  
 
Can I have a cup of tea with my tennis friends at the club? 
No – gatherings are not allowed. The clubhouse is closed and the kitchen is locked. For now, you must arrive, play and leave immediately. The cafes on Pier Street are open for takeaways, so head there after tennis instead! 

Can children or people who aren’t playing tennis gather or play on the lawn?  
No, the only people who can be at the club are coaches, people having a lesson or members playing tennis. You must arrive, play and leave immediately. No gathering is permitted.  

How can I help to keep the club safe? 
You must sign the registry every time you access the courts.

You are also strongly encouraged to download and activate the government’s COVIDsafe app. By doing so, you will be automatically notified if you have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19. 

You can also help to keep the club safe by maintaining and promoting strict social distancing, washing your hands regularly, bringing your own hand sanitizer and using your own disinfectant wipes on any shared surfaces, such as taps, gates, sweepers, locks, hoses and bags. 

Can I play tennis if I don’t feel 100%? 
No, if you have even the mildest symptoms such as a sore throat or cough, please seek medical advice and do not come to the club. 

What must I do if I have a confirmed case of Covid-19 and I’ve been at the club in the past 14 days? 
Let us know as soon as possible by phoning or texting club president Jerome Champetier de Ribes: 0420 817 814 and/or head coach Mark Peel: 0488 098 680. You can also email: admin@altonatennisclub.org.au 

Members are encouraged to activate the government’s COVIDsafe app, as this will help alert anyone who has come in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19.  

Is competition resuming? 
All competitions are on pause. Victoria Pennant has, unfortunately, been cancelled for the 2020 season.

How will I remember the new requirements? 
There is signage on all courts. Please read this carefully and adhere to the rules. If you see other players not adhering, please ask them to review the signage and comply with the requirements. If you still have concerns, please email: admin@altonatennisclub.org.au

Where can I find more information? 
More details are available via the Department of Health and Tennis Victoria.  

Is the club accepting new members?
Absolutely! We recognise the disruption caused by the pandemic and have significantly reduced annual membership fees, plus Early Bird discounts available.

You can find out more and sign up online, or contact membership secretary Ewa Schreiber: 0447 296 603.  

Who do I contact if I have any other questions? 
Email us: admin@altonatennisclub.org.au   

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