COVID-19 UPDATE
May 11, 2020

We hope this message finds our tennis families in good health and spirits despite the current circumstances.

While not the season we had envisioned, we are excited to share an update regarding MHTC operations. The City of Medicine Hat, with direction from the provincial government’s relaunch strategy, has permitted the club to open with some restrictions. It’s important that we as a tennis community demonstrate our commitment to protecting the health of ourselves and others by following the public health measures and city guidelines that have been put in place. A failure to do so may jeopardize our future access to the club.

Club Access & Guidelines for Use

Starting Wednesday, May 13, returning MHTC members can access club courts 1, 3, 6, and 7. Court 4 is already open as it is a City of Medicine Hat facility. Courts 2 and 5 remain closed until further notice. Members must abide by the following rules and restrictions if utilizing club facilities:

  1. Sign In. All players must sign in. A binder will be available on a table outside of the clubhouse. This is an Alberta Health Services requirement.

  2. Court Restrictions. Only singles play is allowed on club courts (1, 3, 6, 7) at this time and the use of two cans of balls is recommended. The one exception to this rule is if a doubles foursome resides at the same address (eg: family of four). If playing in a three or foursome with members of your immediate household, please try to keep to courts 1, 3, or 4 to reduce ball traffic. On court 4, the City of Medicine Hat “does not encourage play outside of your household at this time."

  3. Clubhouse Closed. The clubhouse remains locked until further notice. There is no access to washroom or kitchen facilities. Please bring your own water and hand sanitizer.

  4. Limited Access. No more than 15 people are permitted in the club compound (fenced club courts and adjacent hitting area) at one time and physical distancing must be observed. (2m / 6ft). Only players are allowed within the compound – spectators (friends, additional family members) are asked not to visit the club at this time.

  5. Match Limit. Due to the reduced number of courts, matches are limited to one hour if others are waiting. Please continue to sign up for a court, or use the waiting list if courts are full.

  6. Club Furniture/Equipment. Please do not use club furniture. Avoid touching surfaces where the virus could survive. Access to the ball machine and practice balls is not possible at this time.
There will be a bungee cord at the front gate to hold it open and minimize the need to re-enter the keypad code while courts are in use. If you are the last to leave, please ensure the gate is locked.

Club executive will be monitoring our courts to ensure these rules are followed. Court 4 will be monitored by city staff for compliance. Please help our club volunteers by respecting the rules outlined above.

Memberships

Given the limited access to club facilities, Medicine Hat Tennis Club is offering a reduction in membership fees for the 2020 season. The updated fees are listed below and the deadline for payment has been extended to June 15, 2020.

  • Single: $75
  • Couple: $125
  •  Senior/Student: $50
  • Junior (12 & under): Free

If possible, we ask that all memberships be paid via etransfer to mhtcpayment@gmail.com. **If you haven’t already done so, please ensure to update this etransfer address with your online banking as it was changed last season. **

Cheques can also be mailed to the following address:

3 – 3271 Dunmore Road SE
Suite 200
Medicine Hat, AB
T1B 3R2

Events/Lessons/Leagues

At this time, we are unable to run any tournaments, group lessons, leagues, or junior programs. Private lessons will likely be the first activity to resume. As relaunch efforts progress, we will advise our members of possible opportunities later in the season.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work within this new environment.  As this situation evolves, we will share updates via email, social media and our website.



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