COVID-19

Boston Squash and Racketball Club is committed to keeping its staff, coaches, volunteers, members and visitors safe.

Following the lockdown, the club re-opened with a number of changes in order to be as COVID-secure as possible. Some of those changes remain in place in line with government and England Squash guidance, but other measures have been relaxed where it's been possible to do this safely. For instance, the changing rooms have been now been re-opened (with social distancing and extra hygiene measures in place).

The best way to keep up-to-date with changes at the club as the COVID-19 restrictions evolve is to subscribe to our newsletter. Alternatively, updates are posted on our 'Latest News' page.

The key things to know are that the club is open, hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the premises, and that visitors need to socially distance from members of other households (except for when playing someone in their squash or racketball bubble). If you have any coronavirus symptoms you should follow government guidelines regarding testing and self-isolation and stay away from the club.

You can read the club's latest risk assessment and full COVID-19 secure plan for more details.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

SQUASH/RACKETBALL BUBBLES

Players can now join a 'bubble' with up to five other people, with whom they can play full court squash/racketball. Players can only be part of one bubble at once, although they can switch between them provided a seven day 'cooling off' period is observed (where full court games should not be played).

 

There are also some additional hygiene measures to observe when playing full court squash in bubbles, which can be found here.

 

As we are required to keep track of what bubbles are in place, we ask that any members wishing to form a bubble complete a copy of this form. Copies are also available down at the club from club steward Pete Andrews.

 

Players can also continue to play modified versions of the game such as 'Sides' with anyone they want to, or play full squash/racketball (with no restrictions) with members of their own household.

PLAYERS' CHECKLIST
Before arriving:

  • Arrive promptly before your match and use hand sanitiser on arrival and departure.

  • Where possible, arrive at the club in kit and shower at home.

  • Bring your own balls and racket.

  • Bring your own water bottle and arrive at the club with it full.

  • Bring your own towel to wipe away sweat.

  • Bring a change of shirt if you are prone to sweat a lot.

  • Bring essential supplies to treat minor injuries and take a phone in case of emergency.  

Once you've arrived:

  • Stick to two players per court.

  • Maintain social distancing from anyone outside of your household, except when playing a squash or racketball match against someone within your squash/racketball bubble.

  • Take your kit bag and water bottle on court.

  • Only one player should open/close the court door.

  • Only one player should touch the ball throughout the duration of play.

  • Please do not leave the court during rest periods. This will help with social distancing.

  • Do not wipe hands on court walls.

  • If you accidentally wipe your hand on a court wall or floor, stop and immediately sanitize your hand.

  • Use the cleaning materials provided to clean the court door handles, membership card slots and token machines before and after your session.

  • Allow five minutes for the above cleaning routine, and 15-20 minutes for court ventilation between sessions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is the club not using a booking system?


Our club is unusually spacious relative to the size of the membership, and the key fob system provides us with a record of who has been in the club (along with our efforts to take down the details of any non-members who visit). Therefore a booking system is neither necessary to ensure social distancing or for contact tracing.




Should I wear a face covering at the club?


Face coverings should not be worn during exercise, except on specific advice from a physician. You can certainly wear a face covering off court though.




Does playing at BSRC prevent me from playing at another club?


No, you can play at different clubs as long you follow their guidelines.




What happens if someone breaks the rules?


The club has done a lot of work to make sure it is as safe an environment as possible, so we hope everyone will stick to the new rules. At the moment, if members of the committee see people failing to comply with the safety measures, they will ask them if they are aware of the rules and explain them if required. If there are problems with people ignoring the safety procedures that are in place, the committee will review the situation.




Can I play a 'normal' game of squash?


You can play full matches of squash/racketball with members of your own household or with members of your squash/racketball bubble (see details further up this page). You still need to socially distance from everyone else. There are adapted games and practice drills you can play while maintaining social distance - explained further down this page.




Can I claim a refund on my membership subscription for the period of closure during lockdown?


Yes, full details on how to do this can be found here. However, the club is not-for-profit and all surplus funds are reinvested back into the club's facilities, so if you wish to waive your entitlement to a refund it would be greatly appreciated.





PLAYING SAFELY

If you are playing someone who is not a member of your household or squash/racketball support bubble, you need to maintain social distancing. England Squash has put together some guidance on how squash can be played safely.

You'll find posters about this at the club too.

Here's a video demonstrating the game of 'Sides', and another demonstrating socially distanced practice drills.

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