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8/7/20    Latest COVID-19 Update

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Last updated 8 July at 2:30pm


To the Tennis Victoria Community; our Members, Clubs, Volunteers, Associations, Coaches and Venue Operators,


Recommendations from Tennis Victoria regarding COVID-19 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire


The Victorian Premier has announced new restrictions and a Stay at Home Directive for 6 weeks for Metropolitan Melbourne from 11.59pm 8 July. During this time, tennis has been identified as an activity which can continue, with restrictions.


Our recommendations below are based on the available DHHS guidance. We expect Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) to publish further detail later today and we will update our recommendations as required once we have this additional information. We will also contact tennis clubs and coaches affected directly later today following any further updates from SRV.


1. Metro Melbourne plus Mitchell Shire lockdown areas (full list below)

The guidance states:

Outdoor sport facilities will be closed, except for facilities where people can exercise with no more than one other person or members of your household while maintaining 1.5 metres distance. Equipment should not be shared, and communal facilities cannot open.


Community sport training and competition cannot occur within the Melbourne metropolitan area or the Shire of Mitchell. If you live in this area you cannot participate in community sport elsewhere.


Therefore,


    All indoor facilities must close – this includes all indoor courts, club houses/rooms

    Cafes in club houses can serve take away and home delivery only

    Community competition must be cancelled until further notice

    Outdoor courts may remain open for the following:

    o Casual play (public court hire or club members) for members of the same household or for 2 people from different households.

    o Coaching for members of the same household or one to one coaching

    All other programs and activity must cease until further notice

    Tennis equipment must not be shared

    No one from outside a lockdown area may play at a facility within the lockdown area – and vice versa


The ‘Hot Zone’ areas identified 1 July can now revert to the above guidance.


Strict adherence to physical distancing and hygiene protocols is essential. In Metropolitan Melbourne, anyone playing tennis must Get In. Play. Get Out. We also recommend that everyone entering a facility is registered for tracking purposes. We have provided a QR Code resource for this purpose.


Please refer to the Tennis Victoria website for details on physical distancing, hygiene protocols and for access to a suite of resources for clubs and coaches.


2. Regional Victoria

Tennis activity, including community competition, may continue under the direction of Tennis Victoria’s Return to Tennis Guidelines and Return to Community Tennis Competition Guidelines. However, residents of Victoria may not play tennis in New South Wales and vice versa. This means some Associations/Clubs may need to cancel community competition – this will need to be an individual assessment based on where your players reside. In border areas, tennis coaches may apply for a permit to work across the border.


Since reopening the courts we have seen significant demand, especially for casual court hire. We understand that it is disappointing to have further restrictions placed upon us, but we must, of course, respect the public health directives and do our bit to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic. As a physical distancing sport, tennis is in a strong position to continue to provide exercise opportunities to assist the community to stay physically and mentally well during this challenging time.

Tennis Victoria staff are working remotely to limit contact but are all still available to provide support:


    Information and resources to support coaches will be sent to all Tennis Australia Coach Members individually and our Coaching Leaders are available when required.

    Your Tennis Victoria representative is available for volunteers and venue operators. We will remain in contact as we work our way through this together.


We are hugely grateful for the strong leadership provided by our volunteers and coaches – please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of help.


Tennis Victoria