Playing Squash Safely During COVID-19

Updated 2nd December 2020

Our courts have reopened.  If you wish to use them, you need to be a member of our squash club.  Click here to join.

Courts may only be booked online at http://cpva.org.uk/sport/ up to 14 days in advance and will be available from 07:00 through to 22:00 in one-hour slots; Court 1 will run on the half-hour and Court 2 on the hour; these 60 minute sessions are designed to allow time after the game for cleaning and air circulation so the maximum time permitted for play on court is 48 minutes i.e. 2 tokens inserted in the light meters. Kindly note these £3 tokens are available for collection from James Knight (located near the river by Waitrose), Peter Brackley (located in Micklands) or from the office or behind the bar in the Milestone Centre (when it reopens). It is recommended you obtain your tokens at least a day in advance.

England Squash has issued comprehensive guidance/instructions embracing how future squash activity at clubs is to be conducted, and accordingly CPVA is required to formally confirm compliance with the Government’s regulations for managing the Covid-19 risk.  This means a huge set of protocols need to be followed by CPVSC members (note carefully from your booking confirmation that you are effectively declaring yourself symptom-free and agreeing to these measures by using our on-line system) and whilst there will be a set of posters displayed in the squash building highlighting the steps necessary to minimise the risk of virus transmission, I am summarising these below for ease of reference:

  • England Squash has issued comprehensive guidance/instructions embracing how future squash activity at clubs is to be conducted, and accordingly CPVA is required to formally confirm compliance with the Government’s regulations for managing the Covid-19 risk.  This means a huge set of protocols need to be followed by CPV Squash Club members (note carefully from your booking confirmation that you are effectively declaring yourself symptom-free and agreeing to these measures by using our on-line system) and whilst there will be a set of posters displayed in the squash building highlighting the steps necessary to minimise the risk of virus transmission, I am summarising these below for ease of reference: 
    • No more than two people allowed on court at any one time NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • Only members from the same household or support bubble (as defined by government) may play “normal” squash
    • If not in the same household/support bubble you can play solo or indulge in a modified version such as “sides”, which as the title implies involves purely a cross-court game with one person serving throughout, or other socially distanced practices BUT unless you play solo you MUST have joined a squash bubble – see below
    • A squash bubble may comprise of up to 6 individuals of either same households or different households. Names must be advised toPeter.brackley@cpva.org.uk the squash coordinator before activity commences. You may only participate in one bubble at a time but are permitted to move into another such group no less than 7 days after playing in the bubble you are leaving.   
    • Coaching is permittedfor adults but only on a one-to-one basis 
    • As a player you are to arrive (Note: to facilitate potential tracking and tracing both you AND your opponent must swipe in) in your kit and ready to play, no more than 5 minutes before your designated start time; sanitise your hands on entering and later when exiting; have your own water bottle, sweat bands and towel, supplies to treat minor injuries and always take your bag on court. Ensure the fans are turned on. Open the upstairs window if practical to do so.   
    • If playing “sides” only one of you to handle the ball; don’t touch the walls; when finished wipe down any touch points, handles, light meter etc. using the cleaning materials provided.
    • Once finished, leave the door to the court open andclose the gallery window unless other games are in progress. 
    • Whilst showers are available, you are encouraged not to use them and instead leave the building promptly after your game concludes; avoid using the toilet apart from in an emergency. Should however you do use the facilities you should wear “wet” shoes and make sure all touch points are thoroughly sanitised using the materials provided. Comply with social distancing at all times.  
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