Current Situation - Alert Level 2 Update: 28 May 2020
Renouf Tennis Centre
**** THE CENTRE IS OPEN FOR PLAY!****
BUT REMEMBER, so we can provide a SAFE environment for YOU.........
• Unwell = stay away
• Contact Tracing EVERY TIME you enter the centre
• On-line booking and payment only
• Safe Play: SAFE PLAY GUIDELINES FOR TENNIS
• No changing rooms - get changed BEFORE you arrive! - to limit the areas that people can touch and congregate, the changing rooms will not be open. Only the upstairs toilet will be operating.
• Play and Go - please arrive just prior to your court time and leave promptly at the end
• Follow instructions/directions of staff
Advice for Clubs & Coaches
Alert Level 2 changes from 12 noon Friday 29th May
Level 2 resources on tennis.kiwi have been updated and are now available.
From midday Friday 29th May, NZ Government restrictions on gatherings are relaxing, meaning that up to 100 people can gather in homes, for events outside of homes, and at venues like tennis clubs and facilities.
For tennis, this means it will be easier to resume larger group programming at clubs and centres around NZ. Whilst group numbers can increase, the same rules still apply for how clubs, coaches and centres need to operate:
- Play it safe (don’t look for loopholes)
- Maintain hygiene standards – especially for clubrooms, toilets, and shared areas. If you can’t keep these areas clean, or maintain physical distancing in clubrooms, then keep these areas closed.
- Contact trace everyone at all times
- Keep your distance (2m from people you don’t know, 1m if contact tracing is in place)
- The gathering limit of 100 includes players, spectators, coaches, support staff, officials, volunteers.
Here are a few tennis scenarios that might be a bit different from 29th May:
- Club evenings/afternoons – up to 100 players can be part of a club night/afternoon and will be able to mix and mingle and play with one another. If there are other groups at the club, then make sure those groups keep 2m apart from one another at all times.
- Tournaments and competitions – up to 100 players can enter a tournament or competition, as long as the organizer can meet government requirements for hygiene standards, contact tracing and physical distancing.
- Parents and other spectators might be allowed to stay on-site and watch play. They must follow contact tracing and physical distancing requirements.
- Club Rooms – more people will be able to gather in club rooms but still exercise caution. High standards of cleaning need to be maintained regularly (after each use). The approach of play and go is the simplest and safest option at the moment.
If your club has a licensed bar and/or restaurant, then hospitality rules should be followed:
•Permit no more than 100 customers or clients to be on the premises at any one time (excluding staff)
•Ensure that each customer or client is seated at a table (other than when entering, using a toilet or bathroom, paying or departing).
•Ensure that adjacent tables are arranged so there is at least a 1-metre separation between the seated customers or clients at adjacent tables
•Ensure that only 1 worker serves at any table
•Keep records to enable contact tracing of customers or client
As with all the other Alert Levels (except Level 4), each club, centre and coaching programme operates independently and will weigh up risks alongside their ability to meet government requirements. Each club, centre and coaching programme will make their own decision as to what services and facilities they provide. If you are reading this as a club member or player, please be respectful of this and avoid putting pressure on your nearest club, centre or coach to provide services that they are not comfortable to offer.
For further information on the revised restrictions relating to 100 people, please view the Sport NZ guidance document
Key point to highlight is to consider the need for the minimum separation of 1 metre between people. If opening clubrooms, position furniture in such a way that it assists with achieving this outcome. It could also be appropriate to determine a revised maximum capacity for clubrooms based on determining how many circles with a radius of 1 metre can be accommodated in the physical space. If that number is known it will be easier to monitor that separation is being achieved.
Be realistic about what can be delivered. If changing rooms, clubrooms, toilets, water fountains, etc. can not be cleaned on a regular basis, then do not open them. Communicate to members and court users they need to come ready to play and not have reason to want or need to use any other facilities at the club.
Umpire chairs and player seating are still generally unnecessary and as high contact points are better off being removed, if this has not already happened.
Given the requirements, it is recommended that clubs do not open prior to having all of the above in place. Please apply restraint to ensure your club does not open before truly ready. There is no obligation for a club to open if it is not practical to do so or club officials have reservations about meeting the health and safety measures identified above.
The process of contact tracing should continue. Please continue to promote the need to contact trace as a requirement every time we play. Make regular checks that everyone in your facility is doing this.
Tim Shannahan (email@example.com 021 126 3322) is available to assist clubs in the development of their safety plan and/or review before it is finalised.
Please continue to check the Tennis NZ COVID-19 web page for further updates as they become available.
These restrictions and recommendations will remain in place until further notice.
What this means for Tennis Central Players:
- Results will not be counted/recorded in Match Hub (backdated to 20th March 2020) and there will be no monthly rankings updates until further notice.
- Some competitions are now up and running soon. Check with local organisers
Advice for Coaches:
The COVID-19 wage subsidy is being extended and applications open 10 June. For full details and to find out if you and your coaching team are eligible to apply for the subsidy extension head to WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENSION
Sport NZ Community Resilience Fund:
Applications for this fund close on 19 June, but may close earlier if all funds have already been distributed. At this time only one tennis club from Kapi Mana and Wellington has submitted an application, with that club successful in receiving the amount requested. Initially, it was suggested cash reserves would be viewed negatively and be a barrier to funding. Sport NZ has subsequently identified that they should not be penalising clubs that have good financial processes and have built up cash reserves. However, it will be necessary for the application to specify what the cash reserves are intended to be used for in the future (e.g. future court surface replacements) and therefore can not be used to pay current expenses.
As a result, the key item for eligibility has become a loss of revenue. If revenue that would have been received has now not been received due to COVID-19, then a club is eligible to apply. Examples of lost revenue may be entry fees and hire fees.
The fund is still seeking to fund actual expenses that have or will be incurred from 23 March to 30 June 2020, up to $1,000.
Game Trust Funding
Many funders are facing the same struggles as all other businesses in New Zealand. As a result, a number of funders have already indicated they will not be awarding any funding until further notice. There is reason to expect all funders will adopt this position over the coming weeks. With pubs and clubs closed, the machines that generate the funds that are ordinarily distributed are no longer being used and therefore funders have nothing to distribute. Keep this in mind if intending to continue to submit funding applications at this time.
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Further public information is available on the NZ COVID-19 WEBSITE
with a dedicated Healthline COVID-19 number – 0800 358 5453.
For more information in Tennis Central please contact:
Tim Shannahan, CEO Tennis Central Region