Tennis Center Safety Guidelines - Prospect Park Alliance

Player Procedures and Safety Guidelines

Player Procedures

  • All players must abide by the Health and Safety Guidelines.
  • Players should book courts online or by phone.
  • Players may only book day of and can only book in advance for one hour per day.
  • Players may confirm their court number and start time by phone or at the check in window.
  • Players must have a card on file to book a lesson.
  • Players should utilize their emails to view their confirmation of booking and call the front desk if there are any conflicts or speak with the monitor in the building.
  • Please be respectful and avoid any contact with other players.
  • Players should bring hand sanitizer or hand wipes.
  • Please do not leave used balls or other materials on the court.
  • Players will not be allowed to enter the tennis center building.

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • All tennis players must stay home if they are sick: only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
  • Patrons must wear face coverings while entering and leaving the tennis courts, with the option to remove them while playing tennis, provided that they remain at least six feet apart from any other person.
  • 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, of no more than two patrons.
  • Patrons should remain on their side of the tennis court and avoid changing ends.
  • Patrons should refrain from any type of physical contact including handshakes and high fives.
  • Patrons should remain at least six feet apart from others while taking breaks.
  • Patrons should avoid sharing towels, food or drinks with others.
  • Patrons should make every effort to avoid touching nets, gates, fences, or other commonly shared surfaces.
  • Patrons are encouraged to use their racquet or foot to pick up tennis balls.
  • If a tennis ball travels over from a nearby court, patrons should send it back by kicking it with their foot or hitting it with their racquet.
  • Patrons 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.
  • Patrons 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.
  • Patrons must stand on marked lines while waiting for any services.
  • Patrons should wash their hands promptly if they touch their face, following hand-washing guidelines, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A hand-washing station will be available in the portable bathroom.
  • Alliance employees will adhere to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and NYS DOH including Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19 and the Stop the Spread poster, as applicable.
  • The Alliance will adhere to the CDC Guidelines on Cleaning and Disinfecting if someone is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Social distancing must be adhered to while waiting for restrooms. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, consistent with sanitary protocols described above.
  • The Alliance will implement mandatory daily health screening practices of their employees.