May 16, 2020

I would like to provide an update on our discussions with the City of Richmond Hill after the announcement made by the Ontario Premier on Thursday May 14th.

Since then, the board has been in contact with tennis authorities and partner clubs to put together an operating plan compatible with the current state of emergency that would give the City confidence in our ability to play tennis in a way that is safe for everyone involved. The City of Richmond Hill, however, has decided to keep its park amenities closed for the time being while they evaluate the steps for a safe reopening, which involves not only tennis courts. For more information, read the Richmond Hill mayor's most recent press release.

We trust that by proactively offering a viable plan to the City we are helping them understand how a safe reopening could take place and increasing the chance of having players on the courts soon.

It will not be this Tuesday May 19th though, but hopefully soon after.

Once again, thanks for your patience. We will keep you posted via email and the COVID-19 update page in our website.

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club


May 14, 2020

Today the Ontario Premier has announced the progress to a new phase of reopening starting next week. Specifically, as it relates to our sport, it has been announced that playing tennis will be allowed after Tuesday May 19, although maintaining physical distance and subject to certain constraints. We have contacted the city to confirm access to the courts and are still awaiting confirmation on the details regarding the reopening.

Our intent is to put the nets up as soon as we can walk on the courts, with the windscreens following soon after. Additionally, the board is starting to design what types of activities would be possible within the existing regulations, so that we can enjoy playing tennis this summer in a safe manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding until we can provide a more precise message. Stay tuned for further updates.

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club


April 5, 2020

It is not even a month since I wrote a letter like this to welcome you to the 2020 summer tennis season and list down all the dates for upcoming activities to get us going. Since then, there have been a lot of changes and we don’t know when we will be able to play again.

The board has been in close contact with the city, as well as the OTA and ICTA, and we are aware of the directions provided at all government levels with regards to social distancing and access to public facilities. This week we have learned that, at a minimum, our club will be closed until May 31st, which  means that we have formal confirmation that our season won’t start as planned. It is unfortunate, but considering the gravity of the situation, it is the right decision to make. We all hope that the efforts we are making as a society will help curb the infection rate of the disease, save lives, and bring us back to some level of normalcy sometime soon.

Please note that our tennis courts have been physically locked by the city and that we are not allowed to use them. By-law officers are monitoring the compliance with the city directives and offenders will be fined.

Even though we have a stated deadline for closures and restrictions, there is no certainty that we will be able to operate right away, so we will have to continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans accordingly. We will keep you informed of any changes to the current directions and once we receive a green light to start our operation, we will engage you to start the season. Hopefully we can enjoy some playing time, even if it is shorter than we would like.

Once we know what type of season we are facing, we will inform you of the different ways to participate and we will also make a decision on what adjustments we need to make to our membership fees, including refunds for all of those who have already paid. Please disregard any future automated email related to membership lapsing. We will address accordingly once we are ready to start the season.

Thank you very much for your patience and for doing what is right in this time of crisis. I really hope that the next time I write to you is to talk about tennis.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club

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