Coronavirus and HVIT

Dear HVIT Members,

As I am sure you are all aware, we have a rapidly spreading new virus, COVID-19, taking hold in New York State. While we are not currently aware of any cases in the Hudson Valley, it does seem like just a matter of time before this highly contagious virus makes itself known in our area. 

We would like every one of you to help us implement some (hopefully) temporary precautions at Hudson Valley Indoor Tennis so that we can all stay safe and virus-free. 

-if you have a cough, a runny nose or are running a fever, please do not enter the club. Stay at home until you have been feeling better for quite a number of days. If you are part of a group and cannot find a substitute for yourself, let us know and we might be able to help. We will also be willing to give make-ups to any contract groups that cannot field a foursome (or twosome!) due to illness. We all have to put the safety of our community first. 

-James, Matt, Lori, Carl and Bill will be wiping down all clubhouse surfaces that are commonly touched several times a day with disinfectant. We need you all to do your part by making sure your hands are clean when you enter the club. If you are unsure, please use one of the sinks and wash them thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure to include your fingertips and nails. We will be adding paper towels to both bathrooms. These should be used – rather than the hand dryers – until we are out of the woods. 

-we strongly recommend that new tennis balls are used for every match. We believe if we can all play with clean hands using clean balls it will help dramatically reduce exposure. Tennis balls that have been used over and over are much more likely to be problematic. 

-if your children play at the club or simply visit the clubhouse when you are playing, do not bring them to HVIT if they have been ill or in a school that has had COVID-19 exposure. While children appear to have no symptoms (or very mild ones) to the new virus, they are historically tremendous spreaders of disease due to their exposure to others in close quarters, lack of following protocols due to their age, etc. Everyone must put community safety first in order for all of us to get through it. 

We both believe that if everyone starts following these protocols now, then it will be much easier to follow them once the virus makes its way up here. Best case scenario, these precautions will help many of you from getting the old fashioned flu and seasonal colds. 

Please do not hesitate to email either of us if you have any questions of concerns. 

James and Matt