April 6 Alberta Tennis Centre COVID-19 Update

07 April, 2021
April 6 Alberta Tennis Centre COVID-19 Update

MEMO: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre COVID-19 Update
FROM:   Danny Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer
TO:        OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre Members & Program Participants           
DATE:      April 6, 2021

 


Dear Member & Program Participant,
 
Earlier this afternoon Premier Jason Kenney announced new public health measures which take effect, tomorrow, April 7, 2021. Premier Kenney announced a return to Step 1 of the Province’s reopening plan. Summary highlights are provided below.
 

Step 1 restrictions
The following mandatory public health measures come into effect, province-wide, at 11:59 p.m. on April 6:

 
Retail

  • Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15 percent of fire code occupancy, with a minimum of five customers permitted.
  • Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged.
  • Shopping malls will be limited to 15 percent of fire code occupancy. 

 
Indoor fitness

  • Only one-on-one training with an individual or household is permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g., fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons). 
  • No drop-in activities or unsupervised individual fitness.
  • Group fitness, high or low intensity, is not allowed.
  • Outdoor physical activity is allowed with up to 10 people, provided physical distancing is maintained between households.

 
Adult performance activities

  • Adult performance activities are not permitted. Performance activities include dancing, singing, acting, playing a musical instrument and any rehearsal or theatrical performances.

 
The following mandatory public health measures come into effect at noon on Friday, April 9:
 
Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafés

  • Indoor in-person service is no longer permitted.
  • Takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted.
    • Outdoor patio dining is also allowed. Tables and dining parties must be two metres apart or separated by an impermeable barrier that will prevent droplet transmission.
    • Household members only, or two close contacts of someone who lives alone.
    • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party.

 
The following mandatory public health measures remain in effect, unchanged:
 
Places of worship

  • All places of worship will continue to be limited to 15 percent of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance.
    • Virtual or online services are strongly encouraged.
    • Drive-in services where individuals do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance will be permissible and are not subject to capacity restrictions.

 
Social gatherings

  • Indoor social gatherings continue to be prohibited.
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 10 participants, provided physical distancing and other measures continue to be followed.

 
Personal and wellness services

  • Personal and wellness services can be open by appointment only. This includes hair salons, nail salons, massage, tattoos and piercing.
  • Health services, including physiotherapy or acupuncture, social or protective services, shelters for vulnerable persons, emergency services, childcare, and not-for-profit community kitchens or charitable kitchens can remain open for in-person attendance.

 
Indoor and outdoor children’s sport and performance

  • K - 12 schools and post-secondary children’s sport and performance activities, such as physical education classes, can now use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.
  • Lessons, practices and conditioning activities, but not games, may occur for indoor team-based minor sports/activities and school athletics.
    • All participants must be 18 years old or younger, excluding coaches or trainers.
    • Maximum of 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants.
    • Participants must stay physically distanced from each other at all times.

 
Further details from the Government of Alberta and the updated Path to Recovery can be found here
 
So, what does this mean for ATC?
 
As per today’s announcement, we are required to return to the Step 1 restrictions that took place in early February 2021.  At this time, based on what we know, the following activities can occur:
 
Return to STEP 1 (April 7, 2021) – Tennis Activities PERMITTED:

  • Private Lessons 1-on-1 (1 person with Alberta Tennis Centre certified coach only)
  • Semi-Private Lessons with two members of the same household (with ATC certified coach only)
  • All junior development and high-performance programs are permitted to continue with a maximum of 10 people (including coaches) per program

 
At the present time, we do not have clarity on whether the activities listed below can occur, however, we have already reached out to the Government for clarification. I will provide an update when available, likely by end of the week.

  • Singles Play with members of the same household or any household
  • Doubles Play with members of the same household or any household
  • Outdoor Tennis (singles or doubles)
  • Use of Ball Machine (1-person per court only)
  • Serve Practice (1-person per court only)
  • Use of Play Sight with a Ball Machine or serve practice with a basket of balls (1-person per court only)
  • Tennis Assessment (30 minutes) 1-on-1 (with ATC certified coach)

 
 
These restrictions are frustrating for all of us as we know that playing tennis is safe. However, we are abiding by the guidance set forth by the Government and Alberta Health Services. Please be patient, we feel the pandemic is nearing its end. I want to sincerely thank our members, program participants and tennis community for your continued support. 
 
I will be in touch with you as soon as I have further clarification from Tennis Alberta and Alberta Health Services. 
 
Regards,
           
DANNY DA COSTA
Chief Executive Officer
OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre