May 4- Tennis Courts will Reopen-Read below for Covid-19 Tennis Courts Playing guidelines

May 1, 2020

 

Dear Resident:

 

Effective Monday, May 4, the Queen’s Harbour tennis courts will reopen subject to the following conditions that are consistent with federal, state, and local coronavirus guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As you know, COVID-19 is a very infectious disease that can have serious adverse health consequences. Accordingly, USE THE TENNIS COURTS AT YOUR OWN RISK and take every precaution to help keep all participants safe.

 

·    All court reservations must be made through the Queen’s Harbour USTA website. All entry to the tennis courts will be through a key card access entry point. There will be no entry into the Tennis Pro Shop.

·    Only residents and non-resident members will be allowed to play on the courts. Guests cannot play on the courts.

·    Play is limited to 4 persons per court. If your game includes 4 players, they all need to be living in the same household. Players must stay at least six feet apart at all times.

·    Private lessons will be limited to two people and the tennis professional per court. The tennis professional will be the only one allowed to touch the balls, ball carts, and hoppers during lessons.

·    No adult or junior clinics until further notice.

·    No ball machines, baskets, or ball carts will be available for use.

 

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) issued player tips and safety recommendations on April 22, 2020, to help protect against coronavirus infections. We endorse the USTA recommendations and urge all tennis players to read the USTA’s “Playing Tennis Safely: Player Tips and Recommendations” before you start playing tennis again. Go to the following link to view the document:

https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-the-covid-19-v.html

 

Do not play tennis:

 

·    If you feel sick or are exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell).

·    You have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

·    You are a vulnerable individual (i.e., elderly individuals and individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those individuals whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy).

Please observe the following before, during, and after playing tennis:

 

·    Observe social distancing requirements at all times, staying at least 6 feet away from other players.

·     Wash your hands at home with soap and water before and after playing tennis. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often while on the courts.

·    Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet, or other equipment.

·    Bring your own water bottle, towel, and sanitizer. Please note that the tennis restrooms are closed as well as the pool restrooms.

·     Use new balls and a new grip, if possible.

·    Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can.

·    Use your racquet or foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up balls. If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with your racket or a kick.

Score tenders on the courts have been removed to prevent virus transmission. The on-court benches will remain. If you use one of the benches, please sanitize it thoroughly upon vacating it. Furniture under the gazebo has been removed to prevent congregating before, during, and after play. Players must leave the tennis court area after their match is completed.

 

During the closure of the tennis courts, the Board decided to jump-start planned improvements to the tennis courts. We replaced all of the existing fencing around the entire tennis center, including bottom, middle, and top rails for stability and increased gauge black vinyl chain link for durability. Additionally, we added a new seating area on the north end of courts 7 and 8 to provide shade on warm days. The windscreens will not be up; however, all new windscreens will be installed in the near future. With the new fences and our state-of-the-art LED lighting, Queen’s Harbour has one of the finest tennis centers in the City of Jacksonville.

 

All other amenities will remain closed until further notice.

 

Board of Directors