COVID update from the LTA - 24th February 2021
We got the news this week that tennis in England will soon be able to resume, with outdoor tennis activity able to restart from 29 March. It comes after Government published its roadmap on Monday for the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, confirming sports courts could reopen under Step 1 of the process.
While we had all wanted restrictions to be lifted without delay, and we made a strong case for that, it is great that we now have a date for courts to reopen.
Roadmap for the return for tennis
The announcement confirmed that:
Outdoor tennis courts will be able to open from 29 March (activity subject to guidelines)
Indoor courts to remain closed (limited indoor activity to be permitted to resume under Step 2 of the roadmap no earlier than 12 April – more details to follow on who for and what will be permitted)
In addition, as part of the Step 1 easing of restrictions, schools tennis will be able to resume from 8 March (click here for more info).
What tennis activity will be permitted from 29 March?
To help tennis venues, coaches and officials understand what the roadmap means for tennis and prepare for the return to court, we have produced a simple summary grid detailing what can happen from 29 March, as well as setting out the key relevant aspects for tennis in terms of how the roadmap will progress under each step.
Click here to view Summary Grid
The summary document will be updated as and when we receive confirmation of further detail from Government and Sport England. We will also republish updated versions of the LTA's full COVID-19 Secure guidelines for tennis players, coaches, official and venues in due course.
We will continue to keep you informed of any future developments, but please keep checking our dedicated coronavirus page (here) for updates.
We hope you enjoy getting back on court next month!