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As restrictions begin to ease, the Borough is looking for ways to safely offer opportunities for our residents to get outside. One avenue available for this is reopening our tennis courts in Fourth Street, Memorial Park and White’s Road Park starting Wednesday, May 20. These courts offer outdoor park facilities with recreational spaces that allow for appropriate social distancing methods while enhancing the physical wellness of our residents. Those who wish to use the tennis courts are encouraged to use caution before, during and after play with tips and recommendations posted at the courts as well as on the Borough website. While these are recommendations, we strongly urge all patrons of the courts to follow them and consider the health and safety of our friends and neighbors. Please see the recommendations from the US Tennis Association for those planning to use public tennis courts.
BEFORE YOU PLAY
•Arrange to play only with family members or others who live in your household or with individuals who are considered to be low risk.
•Do not play if any of you:
»Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus »Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days »Are a vulnerable individual
USE FOUR BALLS OR SIX BALLS
Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease.
•Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball.
•Take one set of numbered balls, and have your playing partner take a set of balls from the other can.
•Pick up your set of numbered balls only. Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.
• Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
• Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
• No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
• All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
PREPARING TO PLAY
•Wash your hands with a disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the court.
•Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles. Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats and towels.
•Bring a full water bottle.
•Use new balls and a new grip, if possible.
•Consider taking extra precautions such as wearing gloves.
•If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
•Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can.
•Try to stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
•Consider not playing doubles, which could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity. Avoid all incidental contact.
•Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment.
»Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
•Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
•Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
•Stay on your side of court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
•Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
•If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.