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Indoor Season Safety Guidelines

Prospect Park Alliance works closely with NYC Parks to operate indoor tennis at the Prospect Park Tennis Center, and to take the appropriate precautions for using our tennis bubbles for indoor play. We take public health concerns very seriously.

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, the entity that regulates indoor tennis, tennis bubbles provide a safer experience than a typical indoor facility. Tennis bubbles have a blower system that constantly draws in fresh air, and a damper system that allows air to escape the bubble. Furthermore, a tennis bubble's height and extensive square footage reduces the potential for community spread as compared to an indoor building. At the Prospect Park Tennis Center, there is a 30-foot-high ceiling and a total area of roughly 30,000 square feet per bubble. With a maximum player capacity of 25 and 30 people for each bubble, each player has roughly 1,000 square feet of space, well above the FEMA requirement of 113 square feet per person in an indoor office setting.

Safety Guidelines

  • All tennis players, coaches and staff should ensure at least six feet of distancing at all times.  

  • Singles and doubles play will be permitted, as well as tennis lessons, taught by coaches, subject to capacity restrictions

  • All individuals inside of the tennis facility must wear face coverings in common areas and while entering and leaving the tennis courts.

  • Face coverings must also be worn during any group instructional program where there are six or more individuals per tennis court (including the instructor).

  • Face coverings are encouraged, but not required, on the tennis court during match play or instructional programs of fewer than six individuals.  If a player opts to remove their face covering during that time, they must remain at least six feet apart from any other person.

  • All employees (i.e. staff, coaches) must wear face coverings. 

  • Coaches must wear face coverings during group instructional lessons but have the option of removing them during playing lessons where they effectively act as another player.  In those cases, coaches must retain a mask in their pocket and put it back on when they enter and leave the court, or approach any other player. 

  • Players should remain on their side of the tennis court and avoid changing ends.

  • Players should refrain from any type of physical contact including handshakes and high fives.

  • Players should remain at least six feet apart from others while taking breaks.

  • Players should avoid sharing towels, food or drinks with others.

  • Players should make every effort to avoid touching nets, gates, fences, or other commonly shared surfaces.

  • Players are encouraged to use their racquet or foot to pick up tennis balls.

  • Players should avoid touching their face after handling a tennis ball, racquet or other equipment.  

  • Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can potentially transmit the disease. So here is an extra precaution that players may be encouraged to take to keep safe when playing tennis:

    • Open two cans of tennis balls that do not share the same number on the ball. 

    • Take one set of numbered balls, and have your playing partner take a set of balls from the other can.

    • Proceed with play, making sure to pick up your set of numbered balls only. Should a ball with the other number wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your racquet head or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.

  • Players should leave the court as soon as reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game/lesson and should immediately use a hand sanitizer and/or wash their hands.

  • Hand sanitizer for employees and players will be available throughout the location.

  • Employees and players should wash their hands promptly if they touched their face, following hand-washing guidelines, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Other than use of restrooms, locker rooms must remain closed for the time being.  Lockers will be blocked off.