Covid-19 Update: Wales To Enter Alert Level 4 [Updated]

Update 12/03/2021
At today’s review of the lockdown restrictions by Welsh Government, they confirmed that tennis clubs will be able to reopen from Saturday 13th March. While we are delighted at this news, the CTC Management Committee has agreed to take several days to prepare the Club, facilities and grounds once again, and are targeting Friday 19th March as a reopening date. This was communicated to all players last weekend. This will allow us to make all the necessary preparations in terms of general maintenance and Covid specific safety measures, while factoring in the jobs to do, volunteer workforce and giving us a cushion for any bad weather that we may have. If we can reopen sooner, then we will of course do so and share any news at the top of this post and on the CTC social media channels.

We have received the latest guidance from the LTA/Tennis Wales which outlines the types of tennis activity permitted under the newly reviewed restrictions, that being:

  • You can play singles with members of your own household, or with one person from another household.
  • You can play doubles within your household or with two people from another household. The doubles pairs should remain in their households and not mix.
  • 1-to-1 coaching lessons can resume. 1-to-2 lessons are also permitted with players from the same household.
  • All tennis activity must follow the Welsh Government requirement to stay local.

We look forward to seeing our current players back at the Club soon as well as welcoming new players along. In the mean time, keep an eye on our social media channels for updates as we return to the courts!

Update 20/02/2021
The Welsh Government announced yesterday that the Stay At Home restrictions will remain in place for at least another 3 weeks and Tennis Wales/LTA have since confirmed that this includes tennis clubs so Caerphilly Tennis Club will have to remain closed until at least 12th March 2021.
This is disappointing given the positive comments made by some ministers last week where health and fitness facilities were named a high priority within the reopening process. We can only hope there is better news for tennis and other outdoor sports in 3 weeks time, as Tennis Wales/LTA continue their dialogue with Welsh Government in order to facilitate and promote a safe return for the sport.
We will continue to keep all players updated directly via email and/or text, as well as online at the top of this post and via the CTC social media channels.
In the mean time, be sure to check out and get involved with our lockdown 3 activities which Head Coach Jon has promised to continue over the next 3 week period.

Update 30/01/2020
After yesterday’s review by Welsh Government where it was confirmed that Wales is to remain in Alert Level 4, and subsequent confirmation from Tennis Wales/LTA, Caerphilly Tennis Club will remain closed for at least the next 3 weeks.
Within this review, First Minister Mark Drakeford did confirm a slight change to the rules on exercise, now allowing you to buddy up with a person from another household to exercise outside. Unfortunately this doesn’t extend to tennis clubs despite the sport’s socially distanced nature, the measures clubs across Wales like ourselves have taken to ensure a safe environment as well as the proven benefits sport, and in particular tennis, can give players both physically and mentally. But this does show promising signs for future reviews, with the next one to take place on 19th February.
We will continue to keep players updated at the top of this post, across our social media channels and directly via email and/or text. In the mean time, be sure to check out and get involved with our lockdown 3 activities.

Update 09/01/2020
Following yesterday’s (8th January 2021) announcement from Welsh Government that they have extended the period that Wales will remain in Alert Level 4, we must confirm that Caerphilly Tennis Club will remain closed until further notice. The extension to lockdown restrictions is in response to the continued high number of cases in Wales and the pressure this is putting on the NHS.
As is customary, the next review is set for 3 weeks time on 29th January. First Minister Mark Drakeford did warn though, that the lockdown period may be extended further unless there was a significant reduction in cases across Wales. We will continue to keep players updated at the top of this post, across our social media channels and directly via email and/or text.

Following tonight’s breaking news that Wales will enter Alert Level 4 at midnight tonight (Saturday 19th December) and swift confirmation from Tennis Wales, Caerphilly Tennis Club will now be closed until after this latest lockdown.

We apologise to all those who have courts booked in the coming days or were set to take part in our Adult Christmas Triples event tomorrow afternoon. Due to the short notice, we cannot contact everyone individually at this time but will be sending a full email update to all users tomorrow.

It’s not the way we wanted to end 2020, but we hope to see you all back on-court again when the situation allows.
We will continue to provide further updates over the festive period and in to the New Year both directly to users and at the top of this post. We will also share these updates as well as additional content on the CTC social media channels during this time, so make sure you are following @CaerphillyLTC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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