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COVID-19 Updates

This area is dedicated to Tennis Alberta news and updates relating to COVID-19

Tennis Alberta is committed to fostering a safe sport environment. Through this difficult and unprecedented crisis, that commitment includes the health and well-being of tennis players as well as every Albertan in the communities where we live and play. Our thoughts are with those personally affected by the virus including their families, our most vulnerable citizens and the incredible health care workers who are facing the pandemic on the front lines.

We are fortunate to have a wide-ranging support network of partners across the province bringing together their expertise to help the tennis industry in Alberta navigate through the uncertainty of COVID-19.

Collaboration and information sharing are critical during this challenging time and Tennis Alberta has created the resource page below with helpful links to support our member clubs, players and our many partners coming together during this crisis. The resource page will be updated regularly as information and updates become available.

UPDATE: Clarification on Step 1 Easing of Restrictions

Feb 8, 2021 — On Friday, January 29, Premier Jason Kenney outlined a step-by-step plan for easing restrictions. Included in that plan indoor fitness and indoor/outdoor children’s sport can resume on Monday, February 8th.

Tennis Alberta has been provided the following clarification from the Sports, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR) branch of government:

Junior Programming (U18/ U16/ U14/ U12)

  • private one-on-one lessons
  • semi-private lessons
  • group training (Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants)

Adult Programming

  • private one-on-one lessons

Family Programming

  • one-on-one household training (semi-private lessons)

Still in effect:

  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind is allowed.
  • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction.
    • Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
  • Sessions are required to be scheduled by appointment only. No drop-ins.
  • No groups allowed for adults.
  • Individual workouts without a trainer are not permitted.
  • Ball machine practice without supervision of a trainer is not permitted.

UPDATE: Tennis Alberta Sanctioned Indoor Tournaments

September 22, 2020 – In further review of current Alberta Health Services guidelines and discussion with our indoor tennis facility leaders, Tennis Alberta  is still enforcing the postponement of the 2020-2021 indoor sanctioned tournament season.  

At this point there still is no timeline for the return of sanctioned provincial tournaments or programs to date.

Indoor tennis clubs, with the support of Tennis Alberta, will continue to review our fluid situation at the beginning of October. A critical evaluation point for the group is the return to school in September. Its impact on the spread of COVID-19, and the rate of community transmission, are heavily weighted metrics for the safe return to sanctioned tournament play. The priority identified by the groups is the return of sanctioned tournaments then phased programs (i.e. regroupings).

STAGE 2 UPDATE – Return to Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation

July 20, 2020 – Alberta Health released an updated version of  Stage 2 GUIDANCE FOR ORGANIZED (INDOOR) SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION (below) to further inform the sport, physical activity and recreation sector and Albertans on what types of activities can be undertaken in Stage 2.

Please note the changes that have been made to the document that may affect your organization

1. Teams in different mini-leagues should not play each other. Athletes should not belong to multiple sports mini-leagues; they should select one sports cohort for the duration of Stage 2.

2Tournaments should not occur during Stage 2. Tournament formats do not reflect the concept of mini-leagues and generally require some participants to travel outside of their municipality.

Further clarification has been provided to Tennis Alberta, whereby tournaments that should not occur in Stage 2 are those events that would bring together people from different cohorts, and from various regions within or outside of the province.

If your “normal” competition would be in a tournament format, but utilize either the cohort model or physical distancing, and you are not attracting people from outside of the local region, it would be within guidance to continue.

A tournament within a club for club members only would be fully within the AHS Guidance and is allowable at this time, assuming all other measures within the Guidance (including, but not exclusive to, Screening, Participant Tracking, regular sanitizing of shared equipment and common touch points, communication of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc.)

It is essential that members and program participants strictly adhere to the protocols put in place by Alberta Health Services to allow the continued phased resumption of tennis programming in this province.

Please do your part by following public health measures.

PLEASE NOTE: Club administrators should verify the status of local health orders issued within your municipality by contacting your local municipal sports & recreation consultant.


June 10, 2020

Premier Jason Kenney announced on Tuesday June 9th that Alberta will be moving forward with Stage 2 of the provincial relaunch plan on June 12 — one week ahead of schedule. The initial target date for Stage 2 was set for June 19, however, Premier Kenney said due to low COVID-19 case numbers and continued cooperation by Albertans, the province is moving forward with the next phase of its relaunch plan beginning Friday.

Some activities originally planned for Stage 3 of the relaunch have also been moved forward to be incorporated in Stage 2, including indoor recreation, fitness and sports facilities which includes tennis activities (singles/ doubles/ individual & group lessons/ interclub or regional unsanctioned tournaments).

In addition, Dr. Hinshaw provided additional clarity to Provincial Sport Organizations for resuming operations. As a result, please find some comments below on the Government of Alberta’s Return to Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation – STAGE 2 for Indoor sport, physical activity and recreation, which can be found below


July 6, 2020 – Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s PHASE 2 of its Relaunch Strategy in June, which now includes tennis activities (singles/ doubles/ individual & group lessons/ interclub or regional unsanctioned tournaments), Tennis Alberta is reaching out to you to collect critical feedback on restarting tournaments and programming.

To date, the Government of Alberta has not provide a timeline for when Stage 3 may start and what measures/ protocols may be lifted or adapted.

This includes details on hosting tournaments that attracting participants from across the Province or out-of-province.



June 16, 2020 – Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, various municipalities have opened some outdoor recreation amenities or will be starting to open up shortly.

Tennis Alberta is reaching out to you to make sure we have the latest in your region. We kindly ask that you to please complete this form (June 1) below so that we can help service our Club Membership with the latest up-to-date information.



To Club Presidents/ Tennis Facility Managers – Please find attached Cohort Tracker that has been developed to safely help manage the daily operations of players in programming or Stage 2 approved regional or club-only tournaments.

Please note that Tennis Alberta is NOT sanctioning provincial programs or tournaments until further announcements become available from the Provincial Government / Alberta Health Services.

To date, the Government of Alberta has not provide a timeline for when Stage 3 may start and what measures/ protocols may be lifted or adapted.


Cohort Overview

You can enjoy many more indoor and outdoor activities as long as you follow all public health orders, including gathering sizes and physical distancing of 2 metres, and avoid high-risk or prohibited activities.

These measures remain during Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy to protect Albertans’ health and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Gathering Restrictions

A gathering is any situation that brings people together in the same space at the same time for the same purpose. Check with your local municipality for additional restrictions in your area.

Unless otherwise identified in public health orders, the following gathering restrictions are in place:

  • 200 people maximum for audience-type community outdoor events, such as festivals, firework displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances
  • 100 people maximum for other outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding ceremonies, funeral services, movie theatres, indoor arts and culture performances and other indoor spectator events where people remain seated
  • 50 people maximum for indoor social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions and birthday parties
  • No cap on the number of people (with public health measures in place):
    • worship gatherings
    • restaurant, cafes, lounges and bars
    • casinos and bingo halls
  • More flexibility for cohort groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep 2 metres apart:
    • households can increase their close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
    • performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
    • sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
    • people can be part of a sports/performing cohort and a household cohort at the same time

Cohort groups

A COVID-19 cohort – also known as bubbles, circles, or safe squads – are small groups of the same people who can interact regularly without staying 2 metres apart.

A person in a cohort should have little to no close contact with people outside of the cohort. Keeping the same people together, rather than mixing and mingling, helps reduce the chance of getting sick, and makes it easier to track exposure if someone does get sick.

Under Stage 2, cohort types and sizes include:

  • core cohorts (families and households) – up to 15 people
  • child care programs – up to 30 children and staff
  • sports teams – up to 50 players and coaching staff
  • performing groups – up to 50 cast members or performers

You should only belong to one core cohort. It is safest limit the number of other cohorts you belong to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading COVID-19.

COVID-19 Information – Guidance for Cohorts  (PDF, 378 KB)

To Club Presidents/ Tennis Facility Managers – Tennis Alberta is aware that many member tennis facilities have procured their own Covid-19 specific Player/Member Waiver forms for guests to sign in advance of participating in activities at their premises. Other member clubs have requested a template that would help them in this process.

Please find attached an Acknowledgement of Risk template in Microsoft WORD that a club and facility can adapt for their own use.

Obviously, the emergence of Covid-19 has presented unprecedented problems worldwide and the tennis business is no exception. The attached document is meant as a guideline and, if used, should be adjusted to meet the specific needs of your facility. Please note, this waiver does not include any specific requirements or recommendations of National, Provincial or local public health and other government authorities. If desired, your club can add any necessary requirements and recommendations to the final version of the document or post them separately on the facility website and/or location.

It should be noted that, although a deterrent, a waiver does not completely prevent the possibility of an individual(s) suing your organization on matters related to Covid-19, it may reduce the likelihood of a claim, and if one is pursued, may present a complete defence to the claim.

We strongly recommend that you have the final version of your facility waiver reviewed by legal counsel.


Tennis facilities and coaches in Alberta are all different and operate as such. Making an assessment of whether a safe exercise environment can be provided at your facility depends on a range of factors, which apply differently at each venue.It is the responsibility of each tennis provider, coach and facility to make that assessment based on their environment. Safety precautions must remain in place as we move from “lock-down” mode to modified openings.The guidelines mentioned here will help operators navigate through uncertain times until there is a universal vaccine or effective treatment for the Coronavirus.



Because tennis does not require any direct person-to-person contact, players can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that tennis offers so long as you practice social distancing by keeping six feet apart from other players to ensure you are in a safe exercise environment and follow other safety guidelines included here.

If you choose to play tennis, please practice these safety tips and follow these guidelines.


Tennis Alberta fully supports the recommendations and guidelines of Health Canada, Alberta Health Services, the World Health Organization, the Government of Alberta and regional public health experts to prevent the community spread of covid-19.


Mar 1, 2021 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Step 2 Easing of Restrictions

Feb 8, 2021 – COVID-19 UPDATE:Clarification on Step 1 Easing of Restrictions

Jan 26, 2021 –  Tennis Canada Cancels The Fischer Indoor Junior National Events Scheduled for Spring 2021

Jan 8, 2021 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Enhanced Health Measures Extended to Jan 21

December 9, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Indoor Fitness and Recreation Facilities Closed Effective December 13

November 18, 2020 – CLARIFICATION: Two week ban on indoor team sports & group fitness

November 13, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Two-week ban on indoor team sports & group fitness classes

October 24, 2020 – UPDATE: Alberta Health COVID-19 Guidance

September 22, 2020 – UPDATE: Tennis Alberta Sanctioned Indoor Tournaments

July 31, 2020 – Masks in Alberta: What you need to know

June 10, 2020 – Return to Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation – STAGE 2

May 22, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor Tennis in Edmonton & Calgary 

May 15, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor Tennis Update

May 5, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Outdoor Single Tennis Permitted In The City Of Calgary

April 28, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Alberta Outdoor Tennis

April 2, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Rogers Rankings Frozen

March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Tennis Alberta suspends tournaments indefinitely

March 19, 2020 – UPDATE: Tennis Alberta Postpones Events Until April 30th



March 9, 2020 – Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)



May 5, 2020 – Tennis Canada commits to supporting a progressive return to playing tennis

April 25, 2020 – Tennis Canada issues its recommendations for a progressive return to playing tennis

April 7, 2020 – Tennis Canada issues recommendations regarding playing tennis

April 1, 2020 – Tennis Canada cancels all tournaments scheduled up until July 12

March 18, 2020 – Tennis Canada cancels all scheduled tournaments until June 8

March 12, 2020 – Tennis Canada cancels all National events scheduled to take place up until the week of April 6