Caerphilly Local Lockdown Update – Temporary Closure Of CTC [Updated]

Update 18/09/2020
We have been made aware this morning, that the mobile testing site at Caerphilly Leisure Centre has been extended again and will remain until Monday 21st September, contrary to the advice we received on Wednesday.
However, the Caerphilly Tennis Club Management Committee have agreed that CTC will remain open for court bookings over the next 4 days, taking into account the following:
– The testing centre has a limited daily capacity, and so there will not be the 100s visiting it each day as was the case last week.
– The testing centre is operating 8am to 3pm, with most bookings over the next 4 days being after this time. This should not only ease the travel disruption, but also stands to reason that there will be a minimal number of individuals who are symptomatic in the close vicinity to the Club. We understand that over the weekend though, there will be a large number of bookings within this timescale too.
– We have planned and advertised our reopening, with a surge in bookings from members and the public, all of whom are keen to get back on-court after our precautionary closure over the last 10 days.

We must stress that you visit CTC at your own risk. We ask that all visitors in the coming days are extra careful, making sure that you, your playing partners and others are following the public health advice as well as adhere to the additional measures we have put in place at CTC.
If you have a court booked yet decide not to visit, then that is fine although we would ask you to cancel your booking to free up the court. If you are a visitor who has paid the guest fees, please get in touch with us and we will rearrange your booking for a different day and time at no extra charge.

We will be contacting the necessary people today to try to confirm if the mobile testing centre will in fact be decommissioned on Monday, or if it could again be extended. If it is to remain for a longer period, the Caerphilly Tennis Club Management Committee will discuss this, put together a plan and communicate it to all of our users.


Update 16/09/2020
CTC has received confirmation that the mobile Covid-19 testing unit at the neighbouring Caerphilly Leisure Centre will be closing tomorrow (17/09/2020), which paves the way for us to reopen on Friday 18th September.
– Court bookings will be open for Friday (18th September) and onwards.
– Junior sessions will restart week beginning Monday 21st September with Head Coach Jonathan Morgan sending out details and booking links on the weekend as usual.
– Adult sessions for the week beginning Monday 21st September will consist of: Ladies Night on Monday from 7pm, Men’s Night on Tuesday from 7pm, and Tennis Xpress Social Play on Wednesday from 7pm. The new Adult Programme will then launch the week beginning Monday 28th September, all being well.

Emails have been sent out to current players and/or parents/guardians with details of our reopening as well as an explanation of our new Covid-19 Self-Assessment Form To Return To Play and a reminder of the current measures in place at CTC, in regards to the Caerphilly County Borough local lockdown and latest Welsh Government guidance.


Having seen the announcement last night that Caerphilly County Borough was to be entered into a local lockdown from 6pm tonight (Tuesday 8th September), we have been seeking clarification on the impact it could have on Caerphilly Tennis Club.

Despite being able to remain open under the local lockdown guidelines, the CTC Management Committee have decided to temporarily close the Club until next Thursday (17th September) at the earliest. Although this is very disappointing as our Junior programme was to reflect something like the “old normal” this week and a new Adult programme set to launch next week, we feel this is in the best interests of our coaches and volunteers, our players and their families, the wider public who are visiting to play and the local community.

We have taken this decision not only because we want to continue to help doing our bit to slow the alarming rise of cases locally within the last week, but also as we received confirmation today that the testing centre will remain at Caerphilly Leisure Centre for another week. We feel having the test site so close to us greatly increases the risk of transmission for all who visit, especially as demand is set to increase in the coming days. If this was located elsewhere, we felt confident we could remain open given the local lockdown guidelines and our own measures. On this note we would like to highlight that since reopening we have received much praise from our users, the public and Tennis Wales for our approach and setup which gives us confidence that we can continue to offer a safe place for everyone to enjoy tennis going forwards.

  • For those who have booked their child into a Junior Social or themselves into an Adult session this week – we will carry the credit over to a future session.
  • For members who have booked courts – access to the Club will be stopped from this evening by replacing our combination lock with a traditional key lock.
  • For visitors who have booked and paid for courts – main contacts will be contacted individually with credit for future bookings and/or refunds offered.

We will obviously continue to monitor the local situation carefully and keep up to date with the latest guidance from Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Welsh Government. The CTC Management Committee plans to review our position next Wednesday, when the testing centre at the adjacent Leisure Centre is set to have closed and we hopefully start to see the positive impact of the local lockdown. Updates will be sent directly to players on our programmes, Club members and public visitors as well as shared at the top of this post and across our social media platforms.

 

Useful Links
Welsh Government announcement
Caerphilly County Borough Council news release
Updated Tennis Wales / LTA webpage

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