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: State of public health emergency – Enhanced public health measures announced
November 24, 2020 – Enhanced public health measures were announced this evening as a state of public health emergency is being declared by the Government of Alberta.
Effective Friday November 27th for 3 weeks, new mandatory measures to stop the spike in cases are in effect.
Premier Kenney said his government will re-evaluate the new restrictions on Tuesday Dec. 15 and impose stricter measures if case numbers continue to rise at the current rate.
Mandatory restriction – Enhanced status (purple) areas – Effective Friday Nov. 27
Businesses that are closed for in-person service include:
- Banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, auditoria and concert venues, non-approved/licensed markets, community centres
- Children’s play places or indoor playgrounds
- All levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur). Exemptions may be considered. (Tennis Alberta will be submitted a request for exemption)
Additional inspections will occur to verify that public health measures are being followed. Establishments that are non-compliant may face orders and fines.
Please note that Tennis Alberta will provide more details over the next couple of days as we are seeking clarity on some talking points made public on the address this evening (i.e.private one-on-one lessons – no private group lessons permitted) and with the published enhanced health orders online. In addition, Tennis Alberta will be seeking an exemption for tennis from CMO/ AHS to allow tennis to continue with restricted programming.
In the meantime, we ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented time for all Albertans.
UPDATE: Two-week ban on indoor team sports & group fitness classes
On November 12, the Government of Alberta put in place new public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. During this time, tennis organizations should be emphasizing that a break is necessary to reduce the number of cases in the province, and should not be looking for work-arounds to find ways to play.
As per the announcement yesterday, the following communities are subject to a mandatory two-week ban from November 13 – 27 on indoor group fitness & team sports. Find our more about how it impacts tennis.
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.
2. Tournaments 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
ATTENTION: CLUB ADMINISTRATORS
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.
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.
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
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.
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA
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.
TENNIS ALBERTA UPDATES:
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
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 13, 2020 – UPDATE: ROGERS JUNIOR NATIONALS CANCELLED
March 11, 2020 – TENNIS CANADA ISSUES ADVISORY ON COVID-19
March 9, 2020 – Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
TENNIS CANADA UPDATES:
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