Social Tennis and Bar Operations from 2nd August

We are about to restart social tennis on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons in a socially responsible manner, continuing to observe government guidelines and adhering to the club risk assessment restrictions.

Social Tennis is open to all members. No booking required, just turn up and mix in with others to make up fours. It’s a great way to meet new friends!

Courts 1 to 5 will be reserved on Sundays from 3pm and on Wednesdays after 6pm. Courts 6, 7 and 8 will remain available to be booked through Clubspark.

The bar will start to operate from Sunday in support of our Social Tennis programme. It will be available on Sundays from 4:30pm and Wednesdays from 6:30pm. It will be staffed by Committee members and members appointed by Sarah Cottam. No-one else should enter the clubhouse except to use the toilet.

The following extract from the risk assessment describes the way in which the bar will operate. Please take a couple of minutes to familiarise yourself with the new way of working…..

Objective: To minimise the risk of transmission and protect the health of customers, visitors and volunteer staff serving drinks. 

Volunteer staff 

a) A maximum of two people will work together side by side to maintain social distance. 

b) To maintain social distance from customers, staff will serve drinks from behind a table. 

c) Staff will be aware that they need to increase the frequency of handwashing. 

d) Staff should use hand sanitiser between serving different customers. 

e) Bar manager will use only a small pool of bar volunteers and ensure they are familiar with, and prepared to stick to, the requirements of a Covid-19 secure environment. 


a) A record will be kept for 21 days of names and contact phone numbers to support NHS Test and Trace system in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. 

b) Customers will be asked to maintain a safe distance (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable) at all times, including when queuing at the bar table. 

c) Customers will be encouraged to use hand sanitiser which will be available on the bar table. 

d) Customers will not be allowed into the indoor bar area. 

e) In the event of sudden adverse weather conditions, customers cannot seek shelter indoors unless social distancing can be maintained. 

f) Posters will be displayed to encourage customers to comply with Covid-19 Secure guidelines. 

g) Information and explanation to be communicated via the website. 

Organisation of the service area 

a) Table to be placed by the patio doors to serve drinks from. 

b) Cleaning procedures for goods and merchandise: bottles and cans will be washed in dilute washing up liquid and dried with blue paper roll. 

c) Customers are invited to use benches and tables in the lower paved area for seating. Anyone standing will be asked to remain on Court 2 side of the benches, to leave a free corridor for players passing through. 

d) Socially distanced seating will be marked. 

e) Additional seating: four benches could be placed on the grass area at the Bar Manager’s discretion. 

f) Customers to be discouraged from congregating on the decking, particularly while tennis is in progress and players are entering and exiting through this area. 

Serving drinks (Aim: to reduce the number of surfaces touched by both staff and customers) 

a) One customer at a time at the serving table. 

b) Limited types of drinks only will be available eg bottled beer and wine; cans of soft drinks. 

c) Customers to supply their own glasses to avoid surface-to-hand contamination. Bar manager will have a small supply of disposable cups available in case of need. 

d) Cashless payment only 

e) Waste bin for recycled glass to be placed in the bin provided. 

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