Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Advice for venues

14/09/2020

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Please refer to this page regularly for the latest advice and guidance on dealing with Covid-19.

The information on this page has been produced based on the latest information available to us and in consultation with both Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and follows our continued dialogue with Government.

The guidance on this page is intended to be read in conjunction with the information on the LTA’s main coronavirus (Covid-19) page which provides links to the latest Government and NHS advice.

Playing Tennis During Coronavirus

England - Return to Play

Following guidance published by the Government for the phased return of sport and recreation, the LTA has developed an updated set of practical guidelines for venues, coaches, players and officials/competitions. Key additions and updates to the guidelines have been clearly marked on the pdfs, including what dates they apply from where applicable.

The main update to this guidance is that Government has confirmed that adult group coaching is now possible in larger groups for those coaches and venues that are COVID-19 secure, in line with published Government guidance on organising outdoor sport and physical activity events, and for providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.  

Groups of up to 15 children plus coach(es) are also possible for junior coaching, in line with guidance from Government on out of school settings. Guidance from Government also means that clubs and venues can host larger groups for outdoor sport and physical activity participation events such as club nights and competitions, as long as they ensure they are COVID-19 secure. The Government has confirmed that group size limits for social gatherings do not apply for organised sport activity delivered in accordance with the LTA's COVID-19 secure guidance.

These guidelines apply to tennis on outdoor and (from 25th July) indoor courts, as well as padel, and outline adaptations and considerations so that tennis and associated activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

These guidelines apply to England only, and have been produced to help venues, coaches and players operate in line with the Government guidance. The full guidelines can be downloaded below – please ensure you read the relevant guidelines in full:

Venues are also advised to refer to the guidelines for venues and players, which can both be accessed from lta.org.uk/coronavirus, as well as reading further guidance from Government on the phased return of sport:

Scotland - Return to Play

Tennis activity can take place in Scotland on a restricted basis, with guidelines in place. This follows the Scottish Government’s confirmation of the route map from lockdown and subsequent updates from the First Minister as Scotland progresses with a staged approach to exiting from lockdown.

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. 

This third edition of the Phase 3 guidelines was published on 11 September to provide clarity that limits to group sizes for social gatherings do not apply to organised group tennis activity. However, normal physical distancing and household number guidelines are applicable before and after playing tennis or when taking breaks. In line with previous discussions with the Scottish Government and sportscotland, the LTA and Tennis Scotland are pleased to confirm that group sizes for tennis activity for adults therefore remain as being up to a limit of 30, and that from 31 August 2020 indoor tennis courts will be able to reopen, subject to following the required guidance. Additional information has been included in these updated guidelines covering inclusion, Test & Protect and face coverings.

Please click the link below to download the full guidelines:

Wales - Return to Play

Tennis Wales and the LTA have published updated detailed guidance for venues, coaches and players, so that tennis can be played safely in Wales, where the local environment allows. The guidelines are accessible via the link below with the updates to the guidelines clearly indicated..

Tennis Wales and the LTA have published updated detailed guidance for venues, coaches and players, so that tennis can be played safely in Wales, where the local environment allows. The guidelines are accessible via the link below with the updates to the guidelines clearly indicated.

Please note, this update (Version 5 - published 14 September) introduces further changes to Covid-19 guidance, and so venues, coaches and players are all encouraged to read the updated guidance carefully, and take any necessary time to implement them.

Downloadable Resources

A template risk assessment form, together with posters for use by venues in England, Scotland and Wales, can be downloaded from the COVID-19 section of the LTA Venue Support Resource Library.

COVID-19 Venue Posters

 

Further information...

COVID-19 Support Packages COVID-19 Support Packages addremove

We have created a bespoke web page which gives an overview of all our packages of additional funding and measures to support those involved in tennis in Britain who have been severely impacted by the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

These measures have been developed by the LTA in consultation with Tennis Scotland and Tennis Wales, and will make additional support available to tennis venues, coaches, officials and players in recognition of the vital contribution these groups all make to tennis. Our goal in providing them is to help tennis in Britain emerge from this period in as strong and healthy a position as possible, and that the sport is able to resume its unique role in keeping the nation active as soon as conditions allow.

You can read our announcement of these support measures here.

LTA Programmes and Initiatives LTA Programmes and Initiatives addremove

The National Tennis Centre is open on a controlled basis for elite player training only, and all other activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses.  We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to Sunday 20 June 2020.

All activity relating specifically to the Big Tennis Weekends, Tennis For Kids and Team Challenge is on hold until further notice. This includes switching off the ability to load sessions and ordering resource packs and allowing participants to book.

If you have events/ sessions already booked, please inform bookers and participants of postponement or cancellation. Resource packs for events already uploaded are on-hold and will not be distributed.

For LTA Big Tennis Weekends postponements, we recommend un-publishing the event so that you can republish with ease once able to be rescheduled, rather than cancelling the event.

Further guidance for Tennis for Kids has been provided to Coaches here.

Insurance Cover Insurance Cover addremove

The insurance cover for LTA registered venues remains in place as before and will provide protection for clubs provided they are operating within the government guidelines and managing social distancing. Howden recommend all venues should undertake a basic risk assessment of their premises to establish what measures may need to be taken. This will be important if the venue is ever challenged.

The LTA Insurance Centre provides full details of the Registered Venue insurance cover, along with FAQs and a dedicated ‘contact us’ function if you have any specific questions. Rather than add specific updates to this page, please visit this insurance centre microsite for the latest position.

Guidance for Employees, Employers and Businesses Guidance for Employees, Employers and Businesses addremove

The Government has published information on financial support packages including tax payments deferral for the self-employed, advice for businesses, support for your employees and information on changes to planning and regulations.

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

The latest guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the coronavirus, COVID-19 is available via the gov.uk webpage:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Handling Membership Renewals/Cancellations Handling Membership Renewals/Cancellations addremove

If you are concerned about membership renewals, cancellations or refunds, in the first instance you should look at your existing membership terms and conditions. If you need any support in this area, you can get in touch with Brabners, our Legal & Tax advice partners, by calling 03330 433 232 and quoting your LTA Registration or Coach Accreditation number.

For venues with less formal membership conditions, we encourage you to stay in regular communication with your members, listen to their concerns and wherever possible ask them to support the club whilst the current situation prevails.

If you feel exposed due to little or no membership or booking terms and conditions, then now may be a good time to review your policies and procedures. The venue support section of the LTA website provides some guidance on good governance and management.

Business Rate Relief Business Rate Relief addremove

The Government has announced that it will introduce a business rates retail holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs should be directed to your relevant local authority.

Small Grants Small Grants addremove

The Government has announced a £25,000 grant will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

The Government will provide additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses currently eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs.

If your business is eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief, you will be contacted by your local authority – you do not need to apply. Funding for the scheme will be provided to local authorities by government in early April.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme addremove

A new temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will launch next week to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. The Government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to provide finance to SMEs. The Government will not charge businesses or banks for this guarantee, and the Scheme will support loans of up to £5 million in value. Businesses can access the first 6 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 6 months of interest payments.

Government Support for Self-Employed Government Support for Self-Employed addremove

We know that 80% of the LTA Accredited Coach workforce are declared as self-employed, while there are many others involved in tennis in Britain who are self-employedm and we understand that this brings with it particular worry and concern right now.  We have been in ongoing conversations with Government to assist our assessment of the needs of this workforce, and to make sure their concerns are heard. As part of these conversations we have been pushing for Government to make further support available.

Following the Chancellor’s statement on Thursday (26 March) in relation to providing specific support for the self-employed, additional information will be added to this page outlining what this means for those involved in tennis in Britain as further details of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are released.

Wimbledon LTA Ballots Wimbledon LTA Ballots addremove

The All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced the decision to cancel The Championships Wimbledon, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

We would therefore like to advise that all LTA 2020 Ballots have now been cancelled.

New Ballots will be held in 2021, and unfortunately, all those who had been allocated tickets to date in LTA 2020 Ballots will receive a refund and their tickets will be made void. We will communicate to members individually, outlining the next steps in regards to their ticket purchase.

Please visit our Help & FAQs pages for more information

Wimbledon Ticket Refunds Wimbledon Ticket Refunds addremove

We are still working through the refund process for tickets for The Championships 2020 alongside the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which we are advised is expected to take a few weeks. We would like to apologise that this process is taking longer than anticipated. We will be in contact with all ticket holders as soon as we can; an email notification will be sent on the date the refund is processed by the LTA.

Additional Queries Additional Queries addremove

In addition to the points listed, we have also received queries around Registration Fees and Facility Loan Repayments amongst others. Please be assured that we are working through each of these issues and will publish guidance when in a position to do so.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions the LTA Services Team are working remotely and can be contacted via the contact us form.

For the latest advice for tennis coaches please click here

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this time. 

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