Not to belabor the obvious, but we have all missed the Tennis & Pickleball Center – the exercise, the camaraderie, the fun!
So it's wonderful news that the Center has received permission to re-open on May 16th! As you would expect, new rules will be put in place to protect everyone's health. Please see the Center's website steamboat10s.com and read their COVID-19 Mitigation Plan and Re-Opening Plan Forward for details.
Here is a partial list of the most important procedural changes for you as a player or parent. To start, please follow the standard social distancing and public health guidelines we have all been practicing for months:
Avoid entering the facility or location if you have a cough or fever. (No touch thermometer check-in table at the front door will be used daily for employees and customers. Anyone with recordings of 100.4 degrees or higher will be sent home.)
Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another.
Sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue or, if not available, into your elbow.
Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
Cover your nose and mouth with a non-medical, cloth face-covering when not playing. (In other words, players must wear masks to and from the courts but do not have to wear masks while playing.
Wash hands and disinfect your own equipment often.
Specific to the Tennis & Pickleball Center:
The number of customers in the facility at any one time will be limited to 50. Players and parents are asked not to go to the facility more than 10 minutes before the time expected to play.
Activities will be limited to casual court rental, one-on-one coaching, small groups, and private lessons.
All bookings will be made online through steamboat10s.clubautomation.com.
Pickleball will be scheduled OUTDOORS, using every other court for better distancing.
Both tennis and pickleball balls will be marked for each player. Pickleballs will be disinfected daily. Tennis balls are to be taken out of the Center after private use.
Players will be asked to stay on their side of the court and avoid changing ends.
Players will be encouraged to use their racquet, paddle or foot to push balls back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands and touching the balls.
This summary is intended to provide you with the highlights of the Center's COVID-19 Mitigation Plan and Re-Opening Plan Forward and we highly recommend you read it in its entirety. Do not be deterred by its length (47 pages) as only the first 12 are specific to the Tennis & Pickleball Center.
Thank you, Bill and Loretta plus the Center's staff and contractors, for your Herculean efforts to keep us all safe while getting back on the courts!