Following on from our last email of Friday 20th March, where we advised closure of the Club, a number of members and coaches have pointed out to the LTA guidelines recommending outdoor tennis subject to certain conditions.
We did not take the decision to close lightly, having consulted a number of other big London clubs including in the North West London area – we decided to close with a very heavy heart.
The Coronavirus Pandemic is unprecedented in recent history and it is imperative the policies and procedures we put in place are appropriate our our Club. Other clubs are able to make their decisions and we are aware that some have adopted a different stance to us. Some clubs have remained open, some have closed and re-opened, others have simply shut down.
Having thoroughly reviewed the LTA guidelines for keeping a venue open and assessed Chandos’s specific environment and operations, the Board still determines it is not currently in a position to meet and comply with the Government advice and LTA guidelines required to continue outdoor tennis and procure and protect the health of its member, staff and coaches.
We feel very strongly that the severity of the situation facing the country requires us to adhere to the highest possible standards for the health and safety of all our members, staff and coaches. Therefore, sadly and until further notice, we will remain closed at this very difficult time. However, please be assured that if we are able to make alternative arrangements that ensure adherence to the latest guidelines, we will consider them seriously.
The Board and the management team are committed to do everything necessary to act in a responsible manner and in accordance with all requirements.
Stay safe and well
Coronavirus (Covid-19) – latest update from the Lawn Tennis Association
The absolute priority of everyone in Britain needs to be protecting the health of the nation, with a requirement to dramatically adjust our behaviour to help slow the spread of the disease, prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed, and ultimately save lives. The way everyone can do this is complying with the Government’s guidance and staying at home.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening (23 March) all tennis facilities and courts should be closed, and tennis coaching and activity should be put on hold with immediate effect.
The National Tennis Centre is closed, and all activity delivered by the LTA remains suspended for the foreseeable future, including all LTA organised coaching sessions, programmes and training courses. We have also now extended the cancellation of all LTA staged and LTA approved competitions (grade 1 to 6) up to 31 May 2020.
During these challenging times for our society, our focus over the coming weeks will be to ensure tennis coaches, venues, volunteers, officials and players are supported in any way they can be, so that tennis in Britain emerges from this period in as strong and healthy position as possible, and the sport is able to resume its role in keeping the nation active.