Covid-19 Guidelines

Covid-19 Rules and Guidance 

Stage 2 - Pathway out of Restrictions  

Members/Parents/Guardians/Guest & Visitors of Portadown Tennis Club must adhere to the following guidelines as part of Step 2 of the NI executive’s Pathway out of Restrictions to be able to play. 

Follow the Signs when arriving and leaving the Club. A One-Way system has been established where required. 

To access the Portadown Tennis Club everyone must: 

Key Guidelines for re-opening : 

  • Adhere to Covid Regulations 
  • Club opens to members only for play and coaching 
  • Doubles play is only allowed where playing partners are from the same household 
  • Coaching sessions should operate with a maximum of four players per court and from no more than two households with a coach observing from a safe distance. 
  • You must have a court booked prior to playing 
  • The club house remains closed for now, but it can be accessed for emergencies only 
  • No spectators are permitted, parents/guardian to supervise children under 18 
  • Adhere to the club's Covid-19 protocol below 

Not have been out of the Common Travel Area - CTA in the last 14 days 

  • CTA is defined as : England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man 
  • Some international countries are exempt also. Please check here : Returning from countries where no isolation is required. 
  • Not have been around someone with symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days 
  • Not be in a period of self-isolation and/or required to shield under the current Health Policy Rules 
  • Not be displaying COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Have a pre-reserved court with all players named (See Court Bookings Menu)  
  • Bring their own equipment (Rackets, tennis balls & drinks) 
  • Tennis balls may be shared under a strict hygiene regime 

  Protocol for ARRIVING at the Club 

  • All must adhere to the social distancing protocol implemented for arriving at the club, waiting to go on court, play and leaving the court and complex. 
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers have been deployed at all courts and the front gate 
  • No spectators or visitors other than one parent/guardian accompanying a child are permitted 
  • No spectators or visitors are permitted at the Summer Camps 
  • The floodlights will not be operational 
  • The clubhouse will remain closed. Emergency access to Defibrillator, Fire Ext. & First Aid only 
  • Gates at courts will either be closed & secured or left open. 
  • There will be no chairs, net winders on court 
  • The Mini-Court will not be available at this time 
  • It is recommended to bring your own hand sanitiser or disinfectant wipes 

  Protocol for PLAYING & LEAVING the Club 

  • Finish play 10 minutes before the end of the booking and leave promptly keeping to social distancing when leaving 
  • Singles and Doubles play is now permitted (List all players on your court booking request) 
  • Keep social distance when changing ends and to adjacent courts 
  • Do not share equipment (rackets, tennis balls for serving, towels, etc) 
  • Shared use of tennis balls is permissible following a strict hygiene regime 
  • Use hand sanitiser before and after play 
  • Keep social distance of 2 meters to anyone when exiting the courts 
  • Use your own gloves to open the front gate lock and lock up after you have left the club 

  Protocol for COACHING at the Club 

  • All coaching must be pre-booked through Daniel Bennett and Payments must be made electronically. 
  • Lessons will begin on the hour and last for 50min to allow 10 minutes for players to leave the premises and the next players to arrive from their lesson. 
  • All players to bring their own equipment, ie rackets, balls & drinks 
  • Coaching is no longer limited to 1-to-1 sessions 
  • Players must arrive at the time of booking and ready to play. Please wait in the designated area if players are on court still 
  • Players under 18 must be accompanied and made aware of the protocols and guidelines of the club 
  • Use court side hand sanitisers before and after play 
  • Players should not pick up coaching balls 


NI Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19): overview and advice

Pathway Out of Restrictions

executives-pathway-out-of-restrictions.pdf (

Public Health Agency

Ulster Tennis Guidance

Portadown Tennis Club specific Guidelines & Protocol detailed on this page.