Coronavirus Notice

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***Note: This page will continue to display the most recent updates as they become available.  Previous updates are archived below.***

 

UPDATE: March 24, 2020; 9:00 PM PT

GTC Reopening Update: 

As promised, we are reaching out with updates regarding the temporary closure of Galbraith Tennis Center.  Based on evolving news and declarations both statewide and local, we are aligning to extend our temporary closure through April 30 and tentatively plan to reopen on Friday, May 1, 2020. This date will continue to fluctuate based on updates to these guidelines.

Galbraith Tennis Center was closed on Sunday, March 15, 2020, and has partnered with a local environmental cleaning and disinfection provider to perform a deep clean of the facility before we reopen to the public. As always, the health and safety of our GTC community remains a priority. 

We wish our GTC family continued health and wellness during this time. 

As a reminder, please bookmark this page for the most up-to-date information as it relates to the COVID-19 virus and Galbraith Tennis Center

Thank you,

Galbraith Tennis Center

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Archive: March 23, 2020; 2:36 PM PT 

 

USTA Statement on Suspension of Events

Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and after discussions with the USTA Medical Advisory Committee, effective immediately the USTA will extend the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events, including Adult and Junior Tournaments, USTA League, Junior Team Tennis, Team Challenge, Team Tournaments, USTA Schools programs, Tennis on Campus and Wheelchair events through May 3. Additionally, recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, the USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about events and activities taking place after May 3.

All Category 1 and Super Category 2 National Adult Tournaments with an ITF status, all ITF Junior events, and all USTA Pro Circuit and professional events will align with the same calendar as the ITF, ATP and WTA, and be suspended through June 7.  Both the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the USTA National Campus, in the Lake Nona area of Orlando, Fla., will remain closed for play and instructional opportunities through May 3. Any patron who wishes to cancel participation in a scheduled activity should contact the specific location for refund information. These policies will be in effect pending additional guidance or directives from each local governmental agency and the CDC. The USTA will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about all activities at these facilities.

Click here for tips and recommendations for facilities and players, regarding COVID-19 from the USTA.


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Archive: March 15, 2020

 

In light of the recent developments regarding COVID-19, the Vancouver Tennis Center and the Galbraith Tennis Center will be closing by the end of business today (March 15, 2020) and will stay closed until at least March 31st.  This decision reflects our commitment to the health and safety of our facility staff, players and the broader communities we serve.  It is our intention to open the facilities and resume activities on April 1st; however, this is a fluid situation and we will provide you updates via email and this site.

In response to this disruption and in recognition that COVID-19 will have a negative economic impact on many in society, we will be providing full compensation to our certified teaching professionals and part-time staff during this two week period.  Additionally, if a facility member or guest has pre-paid for a program or class during this period, a member of our team will be in touch soon regarding crediting your payment to your account.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  We hope to see everyone on the court soon!

 

Archive: March 13, 2020 5:15PM PT

As we promised last Friday, USTA PNW is continuing to monitor updates related to COVID-19 and how the virus is affecting our communities, as your health and safety are our utmost priority. We will continue to provide updates to you by email and on our facility website (this page).

Earlier today, the USTA released an official statement on the growing developments and concerns of the Coronavirus and have temporarily suspended all USTA-sanctioned events (e.g. tournaments, leagues, competitive products) nationwide through April 20 until further notice.  USTA PNW will work with the national office, and the local tennis community, to reschedule events where possible following this suspension period.

We would like to confirm that as of today, Vancouver Tennis Center and Galbraith Tennis Centers will remain open and operating to the general public. All in-house programs, lessons, activities, and court rentals currently remain open as scheduled.

Our tennis centers serve as community hubs to individuals and families and while it remains safe to do so as directed by local health authorities, we aim to provide a welcome space to play tennis and be active. Here is how we are increasing preventative cleaning measures and making adjustments to program formats and facility usage.

 

Preventative Cleaning Measures  

  • Increased facility-wide cleanings by professional, third-party vendor: multiple times per week.

  • Increased and special emphasis placed on cleaning high traffic areas and equipment throughout the day, and after-hours, by front desk staff and tennis pros.

  • Tennis Pros cleaning equipment and activity space after each program or lesson.

  • Front Desk Staff cleaning community areas multiple times per day.

  • Hand sanitizer available at front desk.

 

Adjusted Class Formats & Facility Usage Updates  

  • Limit class sizes to no more than 8 players per court.

  • Adjust program formats to promote safety and hygiene.

  • Align with governing health agencies and refrain from gatherings more than 250 people.

  • Temporarily suspend Racket Demo Program and refreshment sales.

  • Temporarily suspend use of showers. Bathrooms remain open.

  • For those who wish to re-schedule or cancel participation, contact your specific location.

 

Taking Care of Yourself & Others 

We encourage you to use the following practices, similar to protecting yourself and others from a cold and flu:

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve;

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for 20 seconds or longer), or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not readily available, especially after sneezing or coughing;

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth;

  • Limit close contact (e.g., hand-shaking, hugging, kissing) and avoid sharing food, drinks or towels with people, especially with people and animals who are sick;

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

  • Practice social distancing and replace traditional tennis handshakes with “Air high fives.”

  • Anyone experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms will be kindly asked to leave, including staff.  Should you become infected or are diagnosed, please contact Patrick Dreves, General Manager, at (503) 919-0832 or pdreves@pnw.usta.com 

 

In General 

We are a tennis community and need to best support the well-being of ourselves and others!

Please remember that if you are experiencing symptoms while at the tennis center, notify the front desk, go home, and seek medical care from your physician. In the instance of a confirmed case of Coronavirus, you will be notified immediately that the facility is closed for specialized cleaning, and we will reopen only when safe to do so.

Please be assured that our office will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and provide updates as needed.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to be proactive and adjust as information becomes available. 

 

 


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ARCHIVE: March 11, 2020

Dear Members and Guests,

The USTA PNW office, and leadership at Vancouver Tennis Center and Galbraith Tennis Center, have been and continue to work closely with local and national partners to continually monitor the ever-evolving situation associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our members, guests, staff, volunteers, and tennis community.

Based on the latest information, we currently aim to continue all scheduled programs, lessons, activities, or events at our tennis facilities. However, we encourage you to consider all the facts available to you when deciding whether to participate and to do what is right for you and your family, including taking all appropriate precautions advised by the CDC and other local authorities.

Please be assured that our office will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. Below are answers to frequently asked questions and how our staff is handling the situation at Vancouver Tennis Center and Galbraith Tennis Center.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

COVID-19 is a type of virus that affects the respiratory tract. This group of viruses is associated with the common cold, pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome. To date, it is known to spread through human contact in a manner similar to the influenza virus.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Common symptoms include runny nose, cough, and shortness of breath, headache, sore throat and fever. Symptoms of the virus typically develop up to 14 days after exposure, presenting as the common cold.

HOW IS CORONAVIRUS PREVENTED?

We encourage you to use the following practices, similar to protecting yourselves and others from a cold and flu:

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve;

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for 20 seconds or longer), or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not readily available, especially after sneezing or coughing;

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth;

  • Limit close contact (e.g., hand-shaking, hugging, kissing) and avoid sharing food, drinks or towels with people, especially with people and animals who are sick;

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

IN GENERAL

If you experience the above symptoms while at the tennis center, please notify the front desk, go home, and seek medical care from your physician. In general, if you have any of the symptoms above, please stay home, do not play tennis, and seek medical guidance. For those who feel healthy and desire to play, we encourage substituting a racket touch or elbow bump in lieu of the traditional post-match handshake.

HOW WE ARE HANDLING THE SITUATION

  • Remaining available at all times to answer your questions or help provide information.

  • Increased and special emphasis placed on cleaning high traffic areas and equipment throughout the day, and after-hours, by front desk staff, tennis pros and leadership.

  • Additional ongoing facility cleanings by third-party vendor.

  • Hand sanitizer available at front desk.

  • Encourage everyone to use preventative practices to protect yourself and others. Reiterate importance of handwashing and hygiene procedures per CDC and state health guidelines.

  • Leadership connecting daily to communicate and monitor updates.

  • Ongoing communication with local and national partners, the City of Vancouver, and Vancouver School District.

  • Tennis Pros and staff will not come to the facility if they experience symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with symptoms.

  • We ask that members, non-members, and guest(s) also do not come to the facility if you experience symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with symptoms.

  • We will continue to provide communication updates and make any necessary schedule changes if needed. Should COVID-19 appear at our tennis facility, we will close the facility. The facility would remain closed until properly cleaned and it is safe to return.

  • Should you become infected or are diagnosed, please contact Patrick Dreves, General Manager, at (503) 919-0832 or pdreves@pnw.usta.com.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CDC

Washington Department of Health

Oregon Health Authority

Alaska Department of Health

Idaho Department of Health

Thank you for supporting the well-being our tennis community!