Sport & Leisure

Safety measures put in place at tennis courts

By Paul Johnston at

Three local council outdoor tennis courts are among those reopening on Friday 12 June, with players asked to follow new guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Sites at Ashton Park and Newton Park in West Kirby and Meols Parade Gardens in Hoylake have implemented a number of precautionary measures. They are:

  • Keep all access gates open at all times
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court – wait away from the gates
  • No competitions, coaching or group sessions
  • Play with members of the same house or one individual from another house only
  • Maximum of 2 players per court (unless players are all from the same household)
  • All litter and discarded items must be taken away and disposed of by court users
  • No shaking hands or physical contact with other players
  • Only handle your own racket and personal (marked) tennis balls
  • Follow Public Health guidelines around hygiene
  • Avoid changing ends or change at opposite sides of net
  • Maintain social distancing at all times

Julie McManus, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Wirral Council, says: “As lockdown eases and a number of services begin to open so that residents can resume some of their favourite hobbies and sports, including tennis, it is so important that we follow government’s social distancing guidelines as well as the additional safety measures in place at tennis courts to protect ourselves and others.

“I ask all residents to follow the safety measures in place. Please remember to take your litter home with you, and to wash your hands when needed.”

Courts must be pre-booked here.