A statement from the LTA on Coronavirus and how it affects your club.

Dear Sussex registered venues, coaches and players,
We are very much aware of the growing concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19).
The latest Government guidance and information regarding the coronavirus can be found at this link.
The LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) is in communication with the Government and other relevant organisations and has been advised that there is presently no reason for people to stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would. Hence tennis activities can continue as normal.
As with any other illness, all those involved in tennis are encouraged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid catching it by following Public Health England and NHS guidance. Information on how to do this is provided on the NHS.UK website, with additional information available on the Public Health England blog.
If you are concerned that you may have encountered the virus, follow the Government advice and self-isolate in the first instance, and please do not go to your club. If you have any flu or cold-like symptoms it would also be advisable to not go to your club.
Whilst shaking hands at the end of a tennis match is a time honoured tradition, if players would prefer not to shake hands after playing this is quite understandable and should be respected.
One of the main ways to prevent the spread of the virus is to keep washing your hands. Make use of hand sanitisers, soap dispensers and paper towels changing rooms/toilets and do your best to ensure they are well stocked. We also recommend that you wash your hands before going to your club and bring your own sanitiser if you wish to use it.
The government are currently not recommending restrictions on public gatherings. It seems likely, however, that it is only a matter of time until some restrictions are imposed. You will be aware that the government are expected to move into the ‘Delay’ phase in response to coronavirus, so it would be advisable to start having conversations around contingency plans if your venue is required to shut down activity for a period time.
If restrictions are imposed, this could have an impact on league matches and other competitions/events run by Sussex Tennis. We will keep venues, coaches and players informed if it does get to a point where matches are not able to be played for a period of time.
Here is further guidance on coronavirus issued by the LTA.
What to do if an employee or a member of the public becomes unwell and believe they have been exposed to COVID-19
If the person has not been to specified areas in the last 14 days, then normal practice should continue.
If someone becomes unwell in the workplace and has travelled to China or other affected countries, the unwell person should be removed to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people. If possible find a room or area where they can be isolated behind a closed door, such as a staff office. If it is possible to open a window, do so for ventilation.
The individual who is unwell should call NHS 111 from their mobile, or 999 if an emergency (if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk) and explain which country they have returned from in the last 14 days and outline their current symptoms.
Whilst they wait for advice from NHS 111 or an ambulance to arrive, they should remain at least 2 metres from other people. They should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects and be advised to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in a bag or pocket then throw the tissue in the bin. If they don’t have any tissues available, they should cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow.
If they need to go to the bathroom whilst waiting for medical assistance, they should use a separate bathroom if available.What to do if a member of staff or the public with suspected COVID-19 has recently been in your workplace
For contacts of a suspected case in the workplace, no restrictions or special control measures are required while laboratory test results for COVID19 are awaited. In particular, there is no need to close the workplace or send other staff home at this point. Most possible cases turn out to be negative. Therefore, until the outcome of test results is known there is no action that the workplace needs to take.What to do if a member of staff or the public with confirmed COVID-19 has recently been in your workplace
Closure of the workplace is not recommended.
 The management team of the office or workplace will be contacted by the PHE local Health Protection Team to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and advise on any actions or precautions that should be taken.
A risk assessment of each setting will be undertaken by the Health Protection Team with the lead responsible person. Advice on the management of staff and members of the public will be based on this assessment.
The Health Protection Team will also be in contact with the case directly to advise on isolation and identifying other contacts and will be in touch with any contacts of the case to provide them with appropriate advice.
Advice on cleaning of communal areas such as offices or toilets will be given by the Health Protection Team. and is outlined later in this document.
When individuals in the workplace have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
If a confirmed case is identified in your workplace, the local Health Protection Team will provide the relevant staff with advice. These staff include:
         any employee in close face-to-face or touching contact
         talking with or being coughed on for any length of time while the employee was symptomatic
         anyone who has cleaned up any bodily fluids
         close friendship groups or workgroups
         any employee living in the same household as a confirmed case

Contacts are not considered cases and if they are well they are very unlikely to have spread the infection to others:

those who have had close contact will be asked to self-isolate at home for 7 days from the last time they had                  contact with the confirmed case

         they will be actively followed up by the Health Protection Team

         if they develop new symptoms or their existing symptoms worsen within their 14-day observation period they               should call NHS 111 for reassessment

         if they become unwell with cough, fever or shortness of breath they will be tested for COVID-

             if they are unwell at any time within their 14-day observation period and they test positive for COVID-19 they                will become a confirmed case and will be treated for the infection

Staff who have not had close contact with the original confirmed case do not need to take any precautions and can continue to attend work.
Cleaning offices and public spaces where there are suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19
Coronavirus symptoms are similar to a flu-like illness and include cough, fever, or shortness of breath. Once symptomatic, all surfaces that the person has come into contact with must be cleaned including:all surfaces and objects which are visibly contaminated with body fluids
all potentially contaminated high-contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephonesPublic areas where a symptomatic individual has passed through and spent minimal time in (such as corridors) but which are not visibly contaminated with body fluids do not need to be specially cleaned and disinfected.
If a person becomes ill in a shared space, these should be cleaned using disposable cloths and household detergents, according to current recommended workplace legislation and practice.
We would like to thank all of our registered venues for their support and cooperation in keeping their venue a healthy environment in which to play tennis.
Please share this information with others at your venue where necessary. 
Sussex Tennis