Safety and Sanitation Protocols

The OSRC Tennis Program is still operating under the Safety and Sanitation guidance issued on June 15, 2020.  During the off-season, members will need to provide their own sanitizer and surface cleaning materials.

Consistent with current State and Fairfax County policy and USTA guidelines, the OSRC tennis courts are open subject to the following conditions:

  • If you have ANY symptoms or have underlying health conditions that put you at higher risk STAY HOME.
  • Sanitary wipes or spray disinfectant are provided.  Use them to wipe hands, benches, gate latches and any surfaces you may have touched.
  • When using the clay courts, wipe the court grooming tools before and after use.
  • Bring your own water and additional personal hygiene products for an extra margin of safety.
  • No groups of more than ten people. Limit of 2 people on each side of the net.
  • Always maintain social distance of at least 6 feet on and off the court.  Don’t switch sides, or switch on opposite sides of the net.  Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
  • Although unlikely, it’s possible that a tennis ball can transmit the COVID-19 virus, as virtually any hard surface can transmit the disease. Players can reduce potential exposure by using 4 to 6 balls and/or marking your balls and only handle the balls with your initials. Avoid touching your face and eyes during and after play.  Wash your hands with soap and hot water or use sanitizer as soon as possible after play. If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.
  • The tennis patio canopy area is OPEN with reduced capacity and distance between tables.
  • Pickleball is now permitted without exceptions. All Pickleball play must be reserved online and all players must be named on the reservation.
  • With other facilities closed, we are experiencing increased play, so we recommend you use the court reservation tool on the OSRC website. Clocks have been installed so that you may monitor when your reservation ends. Play on clay courts should end no less than 10 minutes before the appointed end time to allow for grooming.
  • We reserve the right to change these requirements without notice to assure we are following appropriate safety practices.
  • Finally, keep in mind that according to CDC the safest way to limit your exposure may be to stay home, especially if you are “at risk” due to age or an underlying health condition.

All play is at your own risk in accordance with established club tennis rules.

Thank you for your cooperation.