Covid FAQs - Tennis

    Please see below for some frequently asked questions about this season.

    Please note, the Board of Directors reserves the right to modify rules or deadlines based on government or public health guidelines and restrictions.

    {slider title="When is the club reopening?" class="icon"}

    The opening date for the winter tennis season will be Friday, October 1st, provided Toronto stays at or better than the current level of reopening.

    {slider title="Is it safe to play in the dome?" class="icon"}

    Air supported structures are ideal indoor settings for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

    1. Air Quality In a Dome Resembles Outdoor Conditions.
      A typical dome contains 500,000 to 5,000,000 cubic feet of air; a typical classroom contains just 6,000 cubic feet of air.
    2. Dome Ventilation Is Significantly Better Than In Most Buildings.
      Under ASHRAE standards, a normal classroom’s ventilation is designed to move 222 cubic feet of air per minute; domes have a minimum of 50 times more outside fresh air!
    3. There’s Tons of Room To Breathe In a Dome.
      At 6-foot social distance, a dome provides about 800 cubic feet of ventilation air per person per minute; a typical classroom with 20 students would provide 11 cubic feet.

    {slider title="What is Tam doing to protect members?" class="icon"}

    Tam Heather has taken many steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, including, but not limited to:

    • full vaccination is required for members and staff
    • Covid screening at the entrance to the dome to remind members not to enter if they do not correctly respond to all questions. 
    • floor markings and signage to indicate traffic patterns and Covid protocols. Divider nets will be kept drawn to force social distancing and necessitate movement to and from the courts along the outside walls of the dome. Tarps have been hung to separate the seating areas of adjoining courts, 
    • hand sanitizing stations at the entrance from the vestibule to the dome and on each court. All washrooms in the clubhouse have touchless faucets, soap dispensers and towel dispensers.
    • a bell protocol has been added to help avoid unnecessary player interaction when moving to/from the courts
    • physically-distanced lounge layout for members who wish to socialize in a safe environment

    Physical distancing is required in all areas of the club. Please refer to Tennis Safety Measures for additional details.

    {slider title="What is Tam doing to protect its staff?" class="icon"}

    Staff will be trained in best practices for cleaning and disinfecting the club, and personal protective measures. All staff will be outfitted with masks and gloves. Staff will be required to complete a screening document prior to every shift.

    {slider title="What if I feel sick, I have symptoms or I've been diagnosed with COVID-19. Can I come to the club?" class="icon"}

    NO! Do not come to the club if you feel sick.

    {slider title="When can I come back to the club if I've been sick?" class="icon"}

    You can return to the club and to playing when you've been cleared by your healthcare provider and are symptom-free.

    {slider title="Will we be required to wear masks?" class="icon"}

    Masks are required in all areas of the club. Masks are to be worn in the dome until players reach their court and only be removed to commence play, then put back on to depart. There are a few other exceptions to the mandatory mask requirement, including while you are eating or drinking, if you have trouble breathing at any time, or if you are exempt from wearing a mask according to Toronto Public Health Region's Masks By-Law. We ask that members be respectful of the rights of individuals who are exempt from wearing a mask in conformity with the exemptions provided in the by-law.

    {slider title="Are guests allowed?" class="icon"}

    NO GUESTS. This is a COVID-related protocol as we must be able to provide tracing information for anyone accessing the dome. Even in the event of a last minute cancellation, DO NOT fill that opening with a non-member.

    {slider title="Are spectators allowed?" class="icon"}

    Spectators are not allowed in the dome.

    {slider title="Will the locker rooms be open?" class="icon"}

    Members with lockers will be able to use the locker rooms to change and store their equipment. 

    Locker room doors will be propped open at all times. Please do not shut locker room doors.

    There will be no access to showers or saunas.  

    {slider title="What time should I show up for my game?" class="icon"}

    Players should not arrive more than 10 minutes before their scheduled start time. 

    {slider title="Where should I go when I arrive?" class="icon"}

    Upon entering, players should not congregate in the vestibule. Proceed directly into the dome and follow the arrows on the floor. Wait socially-distanced in the area to the right/east of the entrance until the bell rings.

    {slider title="Where should I keep my belongings?" class="icon"}

    Coat racks will not be available. Players should take their coats and all personal effects with them to the court. Additional chairs and mats for boots are being added.

    During league play, when changing courts, players must leave their belongings at their initial court location rather than carrying them with them. Leagues must cease play 5 minutes before the end of their time to give their players time to return to their initial court and pick up their belongings before exiting.

    {slider title="Can I withdraw my membership if I am already registered?" class="icon"}

    Yes, returning and new members can withdraw their membership anytime before October 1st without penalty. Members who withdraw their membership after October 1st are subject to the Club's Refund Policy.

    A pro-rated refund policy will apply if tennis play is cancelled during the season and less than 75% of the season is played.


    {slider title="Who is responsible for ensuring members comply with the rules?" class="icon"}

    These new rules and policies are in place for the safety of everyone. We expect that members will take it upon themselves to do what they can to ensure they are in compliance with the rules.

    Tam staff have the authority to ask a participant to leave the premises if that participant neglects to follow the rules, but we expect a certain amount of personal responsibility on the part of members to follow the rules and to make others aware of infractions, if necessary.

    A person who purposefully disregards the rules may have their membership privileges revoked.for the remainder of season without refund and have their membership application declined in future seasons. 


    Contact Us

    Tam Heather - Curling & Tennis Club

    Location:  730 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario M1E 4P7

    Phone: (416) 284-9251 
    Email: [email protected]



    wheelchair accessible

    Tam Heather is fully wheelchair accessible


    Club Information

    Tam Heather, or the “Tam” as we call it, is an active friendly club located in the Morningside and 401 community of Scarborough. Tam Heather opened in 1973 as a curling club with eight sheets of ice, then two years later in 1975, the club expanded by adding five tennis courts, three of which were covered in the winter with a bubble. Thirty four years later, in 2009, a four court year-round covered structure was built.

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