Tennis Scotland Coronavirus Update

Tennis Scotland Logo

UPDATE: Scotland's roadmap out of lockdown (23 February)

The First Minster has today (23 February) announced a roadmap out of lockdown for Scotland, with the following initial changes to take place no earlier than 15 March:

  • Non-contact outdoor group sports for 12-17 year olds
  • Outdoor meetings of 4 people from 2 households

No earlier than 26 April, it is then hoped to return all of Scotland to Level 3 as part of a return to the variable levels approach, to enable the graduated opening up of economic and social activity, at a pace that is safe given the conditions.

Tennis Scotland and the LTA are liaising with sportscotland and we will provide an update in due course with details of what this announcement means for tennis activity in Scotland.

 

Stay at Home Regulations (6 January)

Following on from the First Minister’s announcement of new stay at home regulations coming into effect on 5 January, we have updated our guidance to reflect the new level 4 restrictions for recreational tennis activity.

The key changes to the level 4 restrictions are as follows:

  • Adults and children aged 12 and above can only take part in outdoor singles tennis, unless all participants are members of the same household or extended household. This is in line with the requirement that only up to 2 people from 2 different households may participate in outdoor sport and exercise.
  • Those aged 11 and below are exempt from these gathering limits, and organised outdoor group tennis activity for under-12s can continue in line with COVID-Secure guidance from the Scottish Government, Tennis Scotland and the LTA, and sportscotland.

As per the First Minister’s statement, the island areas currently in level 3 will continue with current restrictions for now. You can check COVID restrictions in your area here.

Those involved in professional sports remain exempt for training and coaching, in line with strict COVID-secure protocols.

To see the latest detailed guidance for tennis, please see our summary grid and full guidance documents:

Tennis activity by levels of protection

Tennis activity can take place in Scotland, with guidelines in place. This follows the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the route map from lockdown and subsequent updates from the First Minister.

The LTA and Tennis Scotland have developed an updated set of practical guidelines for tennis venues, coaches and players to follow so that tennis can be played in Scotland in a way consistent with the route map for moving out of lockdown, where the local environment allows.

Please note the guidelines include an appendix of a summary grid which provides the full detail of what tennis activity can take place under each level of protections. Venues, coaches, officials and players in Scotland should refer to this summary grid as the main reference point for any tennis activity taking place in Scotland.

Please click the link below to download the full guidelines and summary grid:

A list of which local authorities are under each level of protection is provided on the Scottish Government website, alongside details of the general restrictions for each level:

If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs.

Support & Advice

Tennis Scotland is continuing to work closely with the LTA and key agencies to offer appropriate and relevant advice and guidance to the Scottish tennis community. As part of this, the LTA has constructed a support package for our sport which Tennis Scotland has been consulted on. The objective is to protect tennis as much as possible to ensure our sport is able to resume its unique position in our communities as soon as possible.

We know that our players, clubs, districts and all involved in tennis are concerned about the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the landscape has continued to shift on a daily basis as the country has moved from "containing" Coronavirus to "delaying". 

This page will be the central point for Tennis Scotland communications regarding Coronavirus and will be updated regularly following guidance from the above agencies and partners. 

Coronavirus - (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019 with the first confirmed cases in Scotland appearing in March 2020. Cases in Scotland and the rest of the UK are rising on a daily basis. Tennis Scotland are monitoring the situation day by day and are observing advice given by both the World Health Organisation and The Scottish Government. It is imperative that you identify the virus quickly and effectively. 

Clubs and officials can download the following PDF resources for display purposes in and around venues: 

In addition, the LTA Hub is up & running, and the central LTA team are able to work remotely to support any queries or questions from registered places to play and accredited tennis coaches.  This includes the latest information for clubs & venues and coaches

Contacts: 

In line with the appropriate advice and working with the University of Stirling,  The Tennis Scotland office will close on Monday 23rd March at 12 noon. Staff are working remotely and can be contacted as per below details. Any specific enquiries relating to Coronavirus can be directed to the LTA team on 0208 487 7000 or via email to info@tennisscotland.org

However if you are seeking further information and advice on specific please see below the appropriate contacts

General Coronavirus guidance: 

Coronavirus - (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019 with the first confirmed cases in Scotland appearing in March 2020. Cases in Scotland and the rest of the UK are rising on a daily basis. Tennis Scotland are monitoring the situation day by day and are observing advice given by both the World Health Organisation and The Scottish Government. 

Common symptoms of Coronavirus include:

  • High temperature or fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you think you or someone you know is showing symptoms of Coronavirus you should consult the NHS Scotland Inform page, where there are additional resources and guides to lead you through the process with a diagnosis guide and a full list of FAQ’s. Additionally, you can visit the Scottish Governments dedicated page on Coronavirus.

Please see below summary of links for information: