Announcing outdoor tennis court reservations for July 6 and beyond, with new guidelines

As you know, the Governor has provided updated guidelines for tennis activities to resume. This is exciting news, and we’re looking forward to working with you to get you back on the courts.

Starting on June 29th, we will resume booking outdoor courts reservations for dates from July 6 and beyond.

New guidelines

This guidance is directly from the Governor’s office, and we are following their plan. In Phase 2.0 modified, tennis can resume if:

  • Groups are limited to groups of five players maximum per court (no tournaments)
  • Play can follow social distancing of a minimum of six feet between players with no contact
  • No additional players or spectators allowed on the court
  • Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan with their field request.  Permits will not be issued without your return to play safety plan.
  • Individuals must read and follow USTA Tennis Safety guidelines found here: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-statement-on-safety-of-playing-tennis-during-the-covid-19-v.html

What you can anticipate

  • Booking hours will begin June 29th at 10AM by calling Amy Yee Tennis Center at 206-684-4764 or by emailing tenniscourtscheduling@seattle.gov.  Courts must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance.  Reservations will be accepted M-F from 10AM to 5PM
  • Many of our parking lots will remain closed. This is to prevent crowds at parks.
  • We must revise our scheduling processes to allow for transitions of each group. You will have 15 min from the conclusion of your rental to be completely off the court and out of the park. This should be included in your “return to play” safety plan.
  • Portable toilets are available at some locations (comfort stations will remain open).
  • Most drinking fountains are not operational; please bring your own drinking water.
  • With courts being open for drop-in use, users with reservations should bring their permit to the court in case others are on the court during your scheduled booking.
  • Please wash hands before and after play (bring hand sanitizer if at a park that does not have a restrooms)
  • Most importantly–stay home if sick

What we need from you

  • If you would like to reserve courts for teaching lessons or camps, please provide us with:
    • A “return to play” safety plan, as required by the Governor’s office. We don’t have a template from their office for you to follow, we just ask that you outline in a Word document how you’ll follow the new guidelines. We will keep this on file.
  • Activities occurring on tennis courts will comply with all applicable laws, including any COVID-19 guidelines put in place by the Governor. If the guidelines are not followed all permits will be cancelled.