Archive for May, 2020

May 23rd, 2020

Game, Set, and Covid-19

Updated June 28, 2020

The 2020 tennis season is one that players around the world are not going to forget easily during this nasty, lifestyle-changing COVID-19 pandemic. While most of us are still focusing on staying healthy and safe, the sun is finally shining and our great outdoors is calling our bodies, well-rested from months of Stay-at-Home orders, to get off the couch and onto the courts.

Good news!

All courts on Draper Road are now open. Come play, but practice social distancing both on and off the courts.

The “not-so-good-news” is that the coronavirus is driving quite a few changes and modifications for use of the courts and how you are expected to play the game this year.  Players will have to get used to social distancing practices on and around the courts and some restrictions to use of the facilities.

While tennis and finally getting out and doing something new are fun, keeping players safe on Eastman’s courts is serious business.

First of all, STAY AT HOME if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days*.  We don’t want this season to be “game, set, and match” for anyone prematurely, but our focus is on the health and safety of the entire community.

If you are healthy and ready to play, please start with being informed by reading What to expect when arriving to play tennis at Eastman. You may want to print a copy to take to the courts until you get used to the “new way or playing.” Here’s a brief preview of what’s included in the guidelines:

Court RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED. FOR EVERYONE. If you have not already signed up to use, follow the easy instructions in How to Book a Court.  It is not an option in 2020 to walk on to a court and compliance with this requirement will be enforced for everyone’s safety.  

All eight courts at the Draper Road facility are now open. For an added measure of safety, book a court with vacancies on either side of your court whenever possible. There are small blocks of time not “bookable” in between sessions in order to minimize people traffic and contact between sessions.

COVID-19 tennis guidelines encourage use of two cans of balls for each match of different numbers or marked with initials—one for you and your partner and another for your opponent(s).  Plus opening a new can every time you play.

Hydration is always recommended, but this season you need to bring your own water or sports beverage. Water fountains will not be functioning for hygiene reasons.  However, the restrooms will be open—and professionally sanitized three times a week.

Per usual, an AED device is available on the tennis shack. But, please, please don’t make anyone have to use it! Stay hydrated, stay out of the sun and heat if you’re sensitive to either, and—we can’t say this often enough—stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

The reopening of Eastman’s courts is in compliance with the Governor’s orders and the advice of Eastman’s Health Review Team, a panel of three health experts who have been working with the Board and ECA management to develop guidelines for each amenity. So, before you grab your gear and lace up your Nikes, please read What to expect when you arrive to play tennis at Eastman’s courts

More to keep in mind:

  1. Our community’s health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. We have no doubt that the Eastman tennis community will strive to keep Eastman COVID-19-free. However, some players who arrive at the courts this summer may not be on this distribution list or may be “visitors.” Without a pro or other staff on site, it is up to us to monitor compliance with the guidelines—politely and reasonably.
  2. Guidelines for all recreational facilities are evolving almost daily. So check the Members’ portal and/or this website for updates.

If you have any questions, please send them to c19faq@eastmannh.orgA member of the ECA’s Covid-19 Communications team will reply to you, usually within the same working day.

Are you ready to serve ‘em up? If so, reserve your court and enjoy the 2020 season.

*Who is expected to self-quarantine?  The Governor has recommended anyone coming from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. Eastman is also asking those who have come from areas of New Hampshire with a high number of COVID-19 cases (i.e., near the Massachusetts border) to self-quarantine. In addition, any resident with symptoms of COVID-19, who has tested positive for it, or who has been in close contact with someone who has is expected to self-quarantine.

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