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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dear CTA members,

The Board is closely monitoring the situation with regards to the effects of the Coronavirus in the DMV area with an eye towards the health and safety of you, our members.  So far, disruptions in the area are not affecting any of the facilities that our leagues play in at this time.  Therefore, at this time CTA programming will continue as planned, including all upcoming scheduled league play and tournaments (Earth Day Volunteer Invitational Tournament and In-House Tournaments).  However, we want to urge everyone to follow basic steps (more fully described in the DC Mayor's message copied below) to prevent the spread of germs and the virus.  Importantly, this means that you should not play if you are feeling sick for any reason, and instead seek a sub for your spot.  We also encourage you to practice some social distancing techniques, such as fist or elbow bumps after matches or doubles points, instead of high fives and shaking hands.

Of course, the situation in the area is constantly changing, and we will continue to monitor and abide by any guidelines and recommendations issued by local officials and the facilities that we use.  For example, we are mindful of the DC Health Advisory issued yesterday that recommends postponing any large gatherings of more than 1,000 people.  If this recommendation changes such that it would apply to smaller-scale programming that CTA puts on, then we will act accordingly.  Regardless, if any cancellations or other measures are required, we will communicate them to you as quickly as possible to ensure your health and safety.   Please monitor your email and the CTA website for updates.  And if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact president@capital-tennis.org or any one of our Board members.

In the meantime, we urge you to keep informed and up to date on the latest information regarding the Coronavirus.  Below is DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's recent message about the Coronavirus in DC with steps you should take and links for additional information.  And here are links to the Virginia Department of Health and the Maryland Department of Health for residents of those states.  Thank you and be safe everyone!

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Isidro Mariscal
Capital Tennis Association, President
president@capital-tennis.org | capital-tennis.org

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A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR BOWSER ABOUT

THE COVID-19 VIRUS

On Friday, I signed a Mayor’s Order outlining the District’s monitoring, preparation, and response to the coronavirus, which is technically named COVID-19. As you follow the news about the coronavirus, I can understand and share the concern you and your family may be experiencing. Our team has been working for some time now to ensure we share best practices with the public. For the safety of our community, here are tips we should all utilize to reduce the spread of germs. 

Prevention is our priority at this time, especially during cold and flu season. Common coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to a common cold, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and feeling unwell. The symptoms that are currently being seen with COVID-19 are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. To help prevent the spread of germs, you should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness.
  • Stay home from work or school until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours and without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications.
  • Seek medical attention if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus or influenza. Call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility.
  • Find more information about COVID-19 at DC Health, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of State