Dear KTC community members,
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an increasing impact on our communities, it is important that we share with you the preventative and proactive steps that the KTC Board of Directors is taking to keep members and their families safe and healthy while at KTC in the upcoming tennis season.
We have been in close touch with both the City of Kingston (Recreation Services) and the Kingston Public Health Unit (KFL&A Public Health) to seek guidance and input on how to operate the club safely during this difficult time.
Since this is a rapidly evolving and uncertain situation, it is likely that adjustments in plans may need to be made as we get closer to our official opening in late April. Please follow our announcements closely as we continue to keep you up to date on club operations and possible changes to plans.
Important KTC notifications:
Early Bird rates: The board has decided to extend Early Bird rates until April 30. This was done, recognizing the possible curtailment or delay of some events and activities this season because of COVID-19. If the tennis season is significantly shortened, the board will consider an appropriate schedule of membership refunds.
Discounted membership rates now in place until April 30:
Juniors and Students------$200
Club opening: At this time KTC is still officially closed; nets will not be put up until the construction work related to fencing and lighting is complete and the club is safe for member use. The construction work has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus, as the contractors adjust their own safety protocols. In the meantime, we ask members not to use the courts, as this both potentially interferes with the final phase of fencing and lighting installation and is not safe given the current environment.
Currently, we are unable to say with certainty that the club will open on April 25 as planned. Each day it seems more likely that our opening may be delayed, as the impact of the coronavirus in Ontario is not yet beginning to ebb.
This is difficult and disappointing news; many of us have looked forward to finding a bit of relief from this situation by playing tennis. However, KTC’s first responsibility is to the safety of its members. As such, we will be guided by the directives and advice of government and health authorities.
If we get the go-ahead from the Kingston Public Health Unit to open in a month’s time, there will almost certainly be limitations to club operations. At a minimum, these will include measures to ensure social distancing, good hygiene protocols and possible restrictions on play. We will communicate updates to you in a timely and comprehensive way over the next several weeks.
It is worth noting that the City has indicated that it is too early to provide guidance on outdoor tennis play in Kingston. The City is holding its own discussions right now around its recreational programs, and registration for its spring and summer programs has been delayed until further notice. We will reach out to the City again in a week’s time for an update.
Summer camps and junior programs: As in past years, these programs are scheduled to begin around the first week of July, some three months from now. Registration has been open since March 1 and many campers have already signed up. Given the dynamic nature of the situation, we can’t predict right now how the tennis season will unfold for regular play or for the variety of junior programs (including camps) we plan to offer.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will be guided by the advice of professionals. Our hope is that three months from now the crisis will have abated sufficiently, so that we can proceed with programs as planned. We will only do so if we can ensure that KTC is a healthy and safe environment for all participants.
We will provide regular updates on junior programs and will immediately let you know if there are changes to plans or if programs cannot be offered this season. Refunds will be provided if programs are shortened or cancelled.
Ensuring a healthy and safe environment for all: No matter how the tennis season unfolds, we encourage each of you to take good care of yourself and your family by following the guidance and advice of government and health authorities. Once play gets underway at KTC, we will ask players to follow the recommended precautions that will help protect all of us. These include essential protocols such as hand washing before and after play, keeping a safe social distance from other players, and staying at home if you are sick or have an underlying medical condition. As noted above, other limitations in play may be implemented.
We value your loyalty to KTC and ask for your patience and understanding as we grapple with these difficult issues together. Please feel free to email us if you have ideas or information you would like to share. We encourage you to closely follow our announcements, which we will communicate by email and on the KTC website. You can also follow our news updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Donna, Cole, Michael, Taco - KTC Communications