Back to Squash – COVID-19 Regulations
Please do not make bookings or leave your home to use our facilities if Government advice means you should stay at home, for example because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus, or you are required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has (or is suspected of having) coronavirus.
AESC are delighted to welcome squash players back on court from Saturday 25th July, we thank you for your patience and kindly request you read and understand fully, the regulations below, which are in line with both government and England Squash guidelines.
- Members can only play if you have booked a court and both players are named on the booking. This is to provide track and trace information should it be required.
- Guests/non-members are allowed, but please add their details as the system requests, and pay the £10 fee (BACS payment details available on request, no cash please).
- Only two people can play – no groups of booking or swapping courts between 3 or more players, unless you are all from the same household.
- Please ensure you cancel courts you aren’t going to use in this time of reduced court availability, as the court bookings are staggered to allow wiping down the surfaces and the air droplets to dissipate, and to minimise contact between players.
Arriving to Play
- Please arrive ready to play, and change into your squash shoes on court.
- CHANGING ROOMS AND SHOWERING FACILITIES ARE CLOSED.
- Access the courts via the side entrances only.
- Courts 1 and 2 – Fire Exit door next to court 2.
- Courts 3 and 4 – Exterior entrance directly to the courts.
- Please do not access or exit the courts from via main clubroom/bar.
- Access doors to remain open to aid circulation of air.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer.
Playing – Conduct
- The water fountains are out of use, so please bring your own water.
- Wash or hand sanitize before entering the court and again once the court door is closed.
- Take all your belongings onto the court, and don’t leave the court unnecessarily.
- Please DO NOT wipe your hands on the walls. This has consistently been highlighted as a major risk by National Federations across the world.
- Please do not continue after your 40 minute session
Playing – Games / Practices
Regulations for the following groups:
Same household or support bubble (where the government permitted two households to spend time together (normally elderly relatives).
- You can play normal squash
Players from different households/different support bubbles
- Maintain social distancing.
- Only one person to handle the ball throughout, and to open/close the door.
- Activities should avoid moving into the air your opponent is occupying.
- Modified squash game and practices. Our coach Matt has suggestions for some games and practices, please contact Matt for further information.
Cleaning Regime – post playing
- It is the responsibility of the players to clean the playing area when you have finished. The club does not have the resources to provide a member of staff to do this.
- Use antibacterial wipes (container to remain on court) to wipe and clean contact areas.
- Clean the following:
- door handles upon exit – inside and outside handles.
- Any wall area that may have accidently been touched.
- Any other area you may have touched.
- Leave court doors open upon exit.
- Dispose of hand wipes in bins provided
- If staying for a drink you must change your shirt or wear an additional layer.
- Having played you are only permitted to drink/eat outside.
- Hand sanitize immediately after leaving the building.
The committee thank you for understanding and complying with these new section rules. We must comply with the England Squash guidance to keep the court open safely for members and avoid potential club or court closure. Members found to be breaking these regulations may be prevented from booking courts.
Richard Ingle – Squash Chairman.