Club Closure Mandated By The Ontario Government
On Friday, the Ontario Government announced further measures designed to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern. Beginning on Saturday, April 17th all tennis courts in Ontario have been ordered closed for at least the duration of the extended stay-at-home order which is currently scheduled to last until May 20th.
Although today’s news is tremendously disappointing, we are hopeful that tennis will be one of the first outdoor activities to be reinstated after the stay-at-home order has been lifted.
Please note that we will be proceeding with the court preparations, albeit with a slight delay and longer expected timeframe also due to the Government mandate.
The Club will be off limits to members until further notice. We will provide further updates as they become available.
As you are no doubt aware, we have seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Ontario and Toronto in particular. Yesterday we received notification that a nearby private Tennisclub now has two confirmed cases. With these increases and cases so close to our club, we are requesting renewed vigilance and adherence to the CTC COVID-19 physical distancing protocols in place:
Please arrive no earlier the 10 minutes before your court time and wait in the back area.
Please leave immediately following your play.
A few updates to be aware of:
Doubles - with the latest Provincial announcements, we are pleased to announce that Toronto Tennis has approved Cottingham for Doubles! GameTime has been updated so when booking please select Doubles as the Type then you will be able to book four players per court time.
Guests - we are also now allowed family members as guests (defined as those living within the same household). To reserve, click the Guest box beside Player in GameTime and enter your guest's name. The $15 guest fee applies with tap payment now setup in the clubhouse and guests will need to complete the waiver in writing prior to play.
Waivers - speaking of the waiver, several members have yet to complete the waiver. If you have not, please click HERE asap before your GameTime privileges mysteriously stop working!
Washrooms - one small change to washroom usage… we are now going to use the upstairs washroom. As a reminder:
Close the lid when flushing
Please disinfect the washroom before and after using
Masks must be worn within the clubhouse
The washroom window must remain open
Code of Conduct - on a more serious note, we have experienced a number of Member issues that necessitate a reminder of our club’s Code of Conduct. Please click HERE to review and not that should you observe or be involved in an issue we ask that you please email the Board of Directors at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shout Outs – we would like to recognize certain Members and Staff for their contributions:
Our Professional Gary Ingram has been instrumental in preparing and maintaining the courts this year and we owe him special thanks for all of his efforts in this crazy year. Please consider a lesson or challenge him to a playing lesson at email@example.com!! Clinics to a maximum of 6 will also be allowed so gather your friends and reach out directly.
At the beginning of the season we had a number of people on the COVID steering committee that assisted in the Club opening: Justina Klein, Jeanette Loakman, Joanne Eidinger, Mark Rubinstein and Joanna MacFarlane. We would like to thank them for their contributions.
We have had a number of Board changes and we would like to thank those Members who have stepped away: David Midanik, Chris Calderon, Heather Levine and Jacqueline Gibbons. Thank you for volunteering your time and for everything that you have done for the Club!
The Cottingham Tennis Club