Good News! The Government of Alberta provided further clarifications and relaxed the restrictions on Tennis

01 December, 2020
Good News! The Government of Alberta provided further clarifications and relaxed the restrictions on Tennis

MEMO:                  COVID-19 UPDATE

FROM:                   Danny Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer

TO:                         Alberta Tennis Centre Members, Program Participants and Staff

DATE:                    December 1, 2020

 

Dear Members, Program Participants and Staff,

 

I am writing to provide an update on the current COVID restrictions placed on us by the Provincial Government. Last night, we received word from Tennis Alberta through Sport Physical Activity and Recreation of Alberta (SPAR) that the following activities would be permitted:

 

1.       One-on-One Lessons

2.       Singles play with members of any household – NEW!!!

3.       Doubles play with members of the same household only – NEW!!!

4.       Semi-Private Lessons with each player being on opposite sides of a court – NEW!!!

5.       Serve Practice

6.       Ball Machine Use

 

Effective immediately, these activities can resume.

 

We continue to seek an exemption to resume doubles play with members of any household and resume group training (4 players per court). At this time, the Government has indicated that they are not considering any sport exemption requests unless it pertains to a specific event (e.g. World Junior Hockey Championships). We will, however, continue to pursue this in the coming days.

 

As well, I have been invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting for recreational sport leaders with the Chief Medical Officer tonight, Tuesday, December 1, 2020. If any new developments occur, I will provide another update.

 

COVID-19 SAFETY REMINDERS:

 

As the number of cases in the province continues to rise, we remain concerned. I want to remind all our members, program participants, staff, spectators and anyone attending our facility that you are required to fully comply with the Government of Alberta’s and the Alberta Tennis Centre COVID restrictions. Failure to do so jeopardizes our tennis centre’s operation, as well as the health and wellness of our membership, program participants and staff.

 

Given the City of Calgary Face-Covering Bylaw Order and the Province of Alberta’s announced Enhanced Measures, everyone entering our facility must wear a face-covering unless they are playing tennis or doing a fitness workout. This means the expectation is that a participant or member must wear the face-covering until they enter the court area. A face covering must also be worn in the locker room areas at all times.

 

Please do not enter our facility if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or if you know of anyone who has or has been exposed, come in close contact with or are infected with COVID-19. A close contact of a person infected with COVID-19 is someone who:

  • provides care, lives with, or has close physical contact without appropriate use of personal protective equipment, or,
  • comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids, or,
  • comes within 2 metres of them for more than 15 minutes

 

By law, you are legally required to quarantine for 14 days from the time you were exposed and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

 

If you become sick with a known COVID-19 symptom during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.


Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms is required to stay away from our Tennis Centre. A list of symptoms can be found here:  https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx

 

Adults over 18 are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if they have the following core symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition:

·         cough

·         fever

·         shortness of breath

·         runny nose

·         sore throat

 

Children under 18 are exempt from mandatory isolation for having a runny nose or sore throat, but should stay home until well. Children are required to isolate for at least 10 days if they have the following core symptoms:

·         cough

·         fever

·         shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·         loss of sense of taste or smell

 

The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

 

Anyone travelling international is also required to adhere to the Government of Alberta’s travel policies, which can be found here

 

These reminders are necessary to protect our members, staff and participants. Consequences will occur in the event anyone is found to compromise the safety of our members, program participants or staff members. We have the shared responsibility in keeping everyone safe and enjoying the sport of tennis.

 

Regards,

 

 

Danny Da Costa

Chief Executive Officer

OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre

Tel: (587) 393 1604            

Email: ddacosta@albertatenniscentre.ca