Covid-19 Safety Measures

Return to Play Guidellines in Ottawa May 19, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, 2020 Premier Ford announced Ontario’s plan for the next phase of reopening our province. Outdoor sport amenities, such as tennis courts, were included in this announcement.

  • Ontarians must continue to comply with regulations under the current Provincial Emergency Orders
    • No organized public gatherings
    • No groups of more than 5 people 
    • Clubhouses and washrooms are to remain closed except for maintenance, safety, law enforcement or other similar purpose
  • The City has provided guidelines in consultation with Ottawa Public Health:
    • Wear a non-medical mask in public places to help limit the risk of spread to others if you will be within 2 metres of people other than members of your own household
    • Ensure staff or volunteers are regularly washing their hands, or using hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol if water is not available
    • Limiting activities to members of your own household 
    • Physical distancing of at least two metres from non-household members be maintained during activities
    • Wear a non-medical mask if you cannot maintain a 2 metre distance from someone outside your household
    • Regularly disinfect touch points
    • In consultation with Ottawa Public Health and RCFS, it is recommended that clubs allow for only 2 players per court.  (e.g. If a club has 4 courts, maximum 8 members on courts at one time).
    • The City recommends singles play only at this time in order to comply with physical distancing guidelines outlined by Ottawa Public Health.They have not required clubs to have an attendant present to consistently monitor club activities.  In order to ensure the safety of all of your returning members, we recommend you keep to singles play for the first phase of return to play.
    • Caution should be taken around common touch points and proper hand hygiene should be practiced
    • Bring and use your own equipment
    • Clean and disinfect equipment prior to and after use
    • Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content
    • Wear a non-medical mask in public places to help limit the risk of spread to others if you will be within 2 metres of people other than members of your own household
    • Lighting of public spaces is being phased in, so tennis court lighting is not expected to by on in May, and possibly June
  • Guidelines provided to clubs included some specific ‘do not’ practices:
    • All facilities including field houses, washrooms and clubhouses remain closed
    • Only every other court to be used for pickleball play
    • No lessons, organized programming, camps, tournaments or league play