Tennis courts to remain CLOSED for the summer

    Although outdoor tennis clubs/courts were allowed to open in Step 1 and have been open since back in May, the Province's 3-Step Reopening Roadmap does not allow for indoor sports and recreational fitness to reopen until Step 3. Premier Ford announced last Friday that Ontario will finally enter step 3 on Friday, July 16.

    Unfortunately this reopening news comes much TOO LATE. By July 16th, two and a half months of our 5 month summer season will have been lost. Most members who join for the summer do so in order to play intercounty, or to take lessons or participate in summer camps. More than 50% of the court time in past summers was used for lessons. The dome's closure, and uncertainty about when it would reopen, resulted in all our coaches finding alternative/outdoor venues where they could coach. Many of our summer and annual members also joined outdoor clubs, rather than wait in hopes of Tam reopening. So, with no camps or leagues or lessons, and two and a half months of summer play already lost, summer membership numbers and court usage will undoubtably be much too small to cover base operating costs (lighting, air conditioning, etc.), much less the additional staffing and cleaning costs to comply with all the necessary safety protocols. Consequently, the Tam Heather Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to stay closed for the remainder of the summer and concentrate on being ready for a fall reopening.

    We hope you understand and agree with this decision and we look forward to seeing you again on the courts in the Fall.

    As a result of this decision, Annual members are therefore entitled to a credit/refund of the summer portion of their memberships. The office is currently calculating the refunds and will be contacting all Annual members in the next few weeks to find out what you would like to do with your credit.

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