November 25 Clarifications on the Government of Alberta Restrictions

25 November, 2020
November 25 Clarifications on the Government of Alberta Restrictions



FROM:                    Danny Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer

TO:                          Alberta Tennis Centre Members, Program Participants and Staff

DATE:                     November 25, 2020

Dear Member, Participants and Staff,


I am writing to follow up on yesterday’s memo dated November 24, 2020.


Earlier today the leaders of every indoor tennis facility in the province and Tennis Alberta met to interpret the restrictions announced by the Government of Alberta. While we are still waiting on definitive clarity from the government, Tennis Alberta and the club leaders have had a discussion and have come to the interpretation outlined below.


Our understanding of the Government of Alberta’s restrictions announced on November 24th, 2020 is that some tennis-specific activities may continue effective November 27, 2020.


Based on consultation with all tennis leaders in the province, we currently interpret that the following sport-specific activities can occur:



Permitted effective November 27th


·         Individual lessons (1-on-1 private lessons)

·         Use of ball machine for practice

·         Serve practice

·        Singles play (practice) from members of the same household

·     Use of gym equipment (limited to a maximum of 4 people, with booking guidelines)


Alberta Tennis Leaders interpret that this should be permitted but further clarification is required

(not confirmed, awaiting Government input)

·         Semi-Private lessons (where one player is playing per side) on a court with a certified coach, maintaining at least two meters physical distance and all other public health requirements in place

·         Singles play (practice) from members of any household


Alberta Tennis Leaders have sought further clarification and have applied for an exemption

(awaiting approval)

·         Doubles Play

·         Singles & Doubles League Play

·         Semi-Private Lessons

·         Group Lessons (4) players or more


Prohibited activities at this time

·         Group training sessions and programs with 5 players or more

·         Competitions and events

·         Socials

·         Walk-ins

·         Spectators


Effective Friday November 27, 2020, the OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre will only permit SECTION 1. Our hope is that by early next week, we will be permitted to reopen SECTION 2 and SECTION 3.  SECTION 4 is not permitted at this time. Due to capacity restrictions, there will be no spectators allowed in our centre. Parents must adhere to drop-off and pick-up of children for private lessons. I will advise you on any relevant developments that occur.


All previously scheduled programs, privates and court bookings will continue until close of business Thursday November 26, 2020.


I have drafted a letter on behalf of all the indoor tennis facilities in the province which will be sent to the Chief Medical Officer and Minister of Health. The attached letter outlines the case for tennis in the province and will be sent out from Tennis Alberta. We are hopeful that our exemption request will be processed in a timely manner and will be approved. 


At this time, any program cancellations will be credited to membership and program accounts.

As always, I will have a further update as it becomes available. This situation is very fluid and can change at any moment. We thank you for your continued patience and support.





Danny Da Costa

Chief Executive Officer

OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre

Tel: (587) 393 1604




Cc:           Board of Directors, OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre

                OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre Staff


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