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Covid-19: Update 8th September 2021 : Alert Level 2 operation

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Update: 8th September 2021

At this point in time the club remains open but please adhere to the following rules:

1. All players must sign in, or scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer App, on arrival

2. All players must use the provided hand sanitiser before and after playing

3. Masks must be worn in all communal areas, including the club Pavilion and toilets.

4. Unfortunately no parents or spectators are able to be inside the complex. Thank you for your understanding with this.

5. Drinking fountains are not available please bring a full drink bottle.

6. Please keep a safe distance (2m) when not playing

7. Minimize the sharing of the equipment with people outside of your bubble

8. Do not touch any fixtures at the club, including rails, nets or fences.

9. You must stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms

We will continue to provide updates as the situation develops.

Please refer to the Tennis NZ site for further information below

Update: 9th June 2020

From 11.59pm 8 June, NZ moved to Alert Level 1.  Level 1 is as close to business as usual as we have known since the middle of March 2020. All playing restrictions have been removed.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow good hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds). Then dry.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

Update: 28th May 2020

From 12 noon this Friday 29th May the 10 person group limit will be removed from organised tennis. The computer may now be used, but please continue to avoid the name tags.

Please also continue to sanitise your hands on entry and exit, and fill out the contact tracing tool online.

Update: 22nd May 2020

The executive have approved the bar & kitchen to be used in accordance with the following rules:

  • On a given day there must only be one person operating the bar and kitchen. This person must be the sole server of drinks (including tea and coffee) and food. Ideally this person should be the duty person or duty helper.

  • The bar person is responsible for cleaning the bar area before and after use, and also for cleaning the tables after use.

  • We prefer if you use EFTPOS rather than cash.

  • Please keep the kitchen area clean and tidy. After using the kitchen please clean the bench and place any dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Do not leave your dishes in the sink.

  • Is is the responsibility for the Saturday duty person to check the dishwasher before play starts, and empty it if the dishes are clean. The Saturday duty person or Bar duty person must check start the dishwasher at the end of the day if necessary.

  • There must be no more than 10 people in a group around a table. Multiple groups are OK as long as they are physically separated. Your “drinking group” must be the same people as your “playing group”.

  • Please sanitise your hands as appropriate.

Update: 17th May 2020

Thanks to everyone who came on Saturday and followed all the rules. It was great to be able to play tennis as a club again. The committee has updated the playing conditions as follows:

  • Please sanitise your hands when you arrive at the club, and before you leave.

  • The downstairs of the club rooms can now be used if necessary. This includes the changing rooms & toilets. Please sanitise your hands before and after use.

Update: 14th May 2020

Following guidelines from Tennis NZ we are updating the rules for using the club as follows:

Casual Play:

It is now possible to play against people outside of your bubble. It is no longer necessary to book a court, but you must still fill out the Contact Tracing form online at and also follow all the relevant health and safety guidelines at As many members will be wanting to play and people could be waiting we ask that non members do not use the club at this time.

Organised Play:

We are going to trial a restart of organised play, beginning immediately with the following restrictions which apply to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday The name tags will not be used. Upon arrival, find the member on duty and inform them of your wish to participate.

  • The games will be made by the duty person with a pen and paper, and read out before each round. The computer will not be used.

  • Players will be split up into groups no larger than 10. The first 10 players who arrive will form a group and use courts 1, 2, & 3 for the entire organised play period. The next 10 will use courts 5, 6 & 7. The final 10 will use courts 8, 9 and 10. Unfortunately this means that we are restricted to a maximum of 30 players. No further players will be allowed to enter the courts during the session.

  • Players must not mix with players of other groups. You must play with the same 10 people for the entire session. Note that this means there may be a game of singles within the group. The group will use the same balls and same courts for the entire session. If players leave your group for the day, you can not join in with another group.

  • Between rounds, please maintain at least two meters distance from anyone else.

  • Before play you must fill out the Contact Tracing form online at

Club rooms:

The club rooms will remain closed for now. This means that the changing rooms & toilets are not available at this time.


A separate communication will be made regarding Coaching.

Update: 11th May 2020

Playing times for week of 11th May:

Monday 11th May 9am-12 and 3-5pm

Tuesday 12th May 9am-12 and 3-5pm

Wednesday 13th May 9am-12 and 3-5pm

Please be familiar with the Alert Level 3 rules described below and continue to fill out the Contact Tracing tool at

Update: 5th May 2020

The club is adding some additional opening times as follows:

Wednesday 6th May 3-5pm

Thursday 7th May 3-5pm

Saturday 9th May 3-5pm

Sunday 10th May 3-5pm

Please be familiar with the Alert Level 3 rules described below. You must still book by email & fill out the Contact Tracing tool as below.

Update: 1st May 2020

Good news! Burnside Park Tennis Club will be open to members during Alert Level 3. To ensure we can meet the relevant health and safety requirements the club will be operating with a number of restrictions:

  1. The courts are only available during set times predetermined by the Management Committee. During these times a representative will be at the club to supervise & to open the gate. No play outside of these times is permitted. If for any reason the external gate is shut, please do not enter the premises.

  2. Play is only allowed with other members of your bubble. It is not permitted to participate in games with members who are in a different bubble.

  3. Before playing, you must complete the online tracing tool available here:

  4. Additionally, courts must be booked online before use, by emailing

  5. The clubrooms will not be open. This means that the toilets are not available. The drinking fountain is also not to be used.

  6. No rubbish bins will be available.

  7. No spectators are allowed. Only a single parent or guardian is permitted to supervise a minor.

  8. If it is raining the club will not be open. If you're unsure, check the instant notices.

The courts will be available with the above restrictions from 9am until 12 noon every day. You may book up to two hours at once, but can only have one active booking at once (e.g. you can’t book multiple days at once). A document showing booked & available times is available on our website under the “Covid-19” link in the Members Info area. Please choose a time & court from this document before emailing your request. To ensure social distancing is maintained, not all courts are available. Please leave all internal gates open.

For your own safety, please review the following guidelines published by Tennis NZ:

During Alert Level 4 our coach was isolated. He has now joined the bubble of the family of one of our juniors. You may see him training with her as they are in the same bubble.

The Court Fees box is temporarily out of action so court fees can be paid online into ASB Back Account 12-3147-0048918-000

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Update: 29th April 2020

Tennis NZ have released guidelines regarding club operation at Alert Level 3. These can be found via the Tennis Canterbury website at

The Burnside Park management committee is currently assessing these guidelines and will make a decision whether the club can safely open, prior to this weekend. In the meantime the club remains closed.

Thanks for your patience.

Update: 25 March 2020

Due to the latest update from the government regarding coronavirus, and the imminent move to alert level 4, the Burnside Park Tennis Club is now closed for all use. COVID19 Alert Level 4 does not allow you to use the Burnside Park Tennis Club. Please do not go to the club and please do not use any of the facilities until further notice. Note that this includes using the courts with people in your "bubble", please do not do this.

We hope that you are all doing ok in this tough time.

19 March 2020 

Following advice from Tennis New Zealand we have regrettably made the decision to cancel all organised tennis, effective immediately, until at least the 2nd of May. This includes Monday Men, Business House, Tuesday Night, Midweek, Saturday Club day & the Club Championships. The Club Championships may or may not be held this year. We will re-asses the situation in six weeks time.

The facilities are still available for private use. Private coaching may also continue at the agreement of the player and coach and following the guidelines below.

Message from Tennis NZ:

Update: 19 March 2020

Effective from 20 March Tennis NZ and its affiliated Regional bodies have agreed to CANCEL all organised competition until at least 2 May 2020. For clarity the following events under the mandate of Tennis NZ and Tennis NZ affiliated Regions taking place prior to 2nd May 2020 are CANCELLED:

- Tennis Seniors National Teams Event, Hawkes Bay (Tennis Seniors Event)

- NZ Secondary Schools Teams Championship, Christchurch (A rescheduled date will be found later in 2020)

- NZ Junior National Teams Championships, Christchurch (A rescheduled date will be found later in 2020)

- Tier 2 & Tier 3 National Junior Masters Series Events

- Kiwi Money Tour Events

- Any Interclub competition organised by Tennis Regions

- Any other tennis competition organised by Tennis NZ and Tennis Regions

Tennis NZ and its Regions recommend all Tennis Associations, Affiliates and Clubs adopt this position and CANCEL all organised tennis competitions under their mandate until 2 May 2020.

For clarity we recommend all Tennis Associations, Affiliates and Clubs CANCEL the following until 2 May 2020:

- All Interclub Competition

- Organised Club tournaments and events

- Organised Affiliate tournaments and events including Tennis Seniors, Wheelchair Tennis and other Affiliate events.

- Organised midweek competition

- Organised club nights

- Any other competition organised by Tennis Associations, Clubs & Affiliates.

General Advice for Clubs, Coaches, Players and Administrators for Coaching, Training and Play

- Social distancing is the “new normal” and should apply to everyone’s actions

- Keep sweat towels in your bag when not using them

- Keep physical distance when instructing students

- Keep hand sanitiser available both on the court and in the club house

- Encourage players to use hand sanitiser, especially in group sessions if using shared equipment such as balls, racquets or supplementary lesson aids

- Follow this Ministry of Health advice if you have any gatherings such as tournaments or social nights or fundraisers coming up.

- As an added precaution, clubs should discontinue the traditional “morning/afternoon tea” where food is shared

- Players are to exchange “good game” verbal appreciation only. Shaking hands, touching elbows/rackets are not recommended

- Players are not to touch hands in celebration with doubles partners

- New balls should be used to limit cross-contamination from multiple players.

- Towels are not to be placed on fixed objects unless sanitation can be effectively conducted before and after use

Recommended advice from Sport NZ is as follows

It is recommended that all individuals and organisations in the play, active recreation and sport sector continue to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health who are able to share the latest information on a range of topics from travel to holding public events and mass gatherings.

Advice to date indicates individuals should be vigilant with personal hygiene and avoid people with cold or flu symptoms. This includes:

- covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, or coughing/sneezing into your elbow

- disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin

- washing hands with soap and water and drying them thoroughly or using hand sanitiser.

There is a dedicated Healthline COVID-19 number for those needing further advice and information - 0800 358 5453.

High Performance Sport NZ is also providing information specifically in regards to athletes or related staff travelling overseas to events on its web site.

If you have any questions or concerns please email | 09 528 5428

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