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Burton Park Tennis Courts Re-Opening Following San Mateo County Health Order Mandates:

The San Mateo County Health Official is allowing tennis facilities to re-open if they are actively managed and monitored; and if social distancing and other strict procedures are met.  The tennis courts at Burton Park will re-open as of June 1st.  As we move forward, we will potentially add more date and time options as we are able.  The below reservation policy and safety guidelines reflect protocols and measures taken by the City of San Carlos to allow for safe operation of our tennis courts.  We know that you’re excited to play again!

For more information, please email recreation@cityofsancarlos.org.

Tennis Court General Information & Safety Protocols

A.  General Information

  1. All court reservations must be made online and 48 hours in advance. Click to Reserve!
  2. Courts will be available for San Carlos Residents ONLY. Those reserving a court must bring a copy of their reservation permit upon arrival.
  3. Burton Park (900 Cedar Street) Tennis Courts will be available for reservations.
  4. Tennis Court availability will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  5. Reservations are $19.50 per 1 ½ hour time block ($13/hour), per court. Residents may only reserve one court at a time.
  6. Singles play only will be allowed.
  7. There are NO restrooms available onsite.
  8. Court reservation fees are non-refundable.

B.  Safety Protocols

  1. All players must adhere to all stated and posted safety protocols.
  2. A volunteer will be onsite at certain times to ensure compliance of safety protocols.
  3. Players will need to mark their own balls with their initials prior to arrival.
  4. Players are required to wear a glove on their non-dominant hand to assist with the picking up of balls. Player is responsible for providing their own gloves. 
  5. Players must wear mask or face covering when arriving at facility, when not actively playing, and upon leaving facility. If players arrive without a mask or face covering, they will be asked to leave.
  6. Players must arrive NO MORE than 10 minutes before reservation time to check-in and be prepared to enter the reserved court space.
  7. When entering the court, players are to stage bags and water bottles 6 feet apart in marked areas.
  8. Players should bring their own water bottles. Drinking fountains will not be in use.
  9. Players are asked to refrain from touching gates and nets.
  10. When your reservation has ended, players are asked to immediately gather all their belongings and exit the court to maintain social distancing from the players in the next scheduled time slot.

Preparing to Play

  • Do not play if you are exhibiting any illness symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 over the last 14 days.
  • Wash your hands with disinfectant soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer), or use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, before going to the court.
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles.
  • Do not share racquets or any other equipment such as wristbands, grips, hats, and towels.
  • Bring a full water bottle.
  • Use new balls with initials and a new grip, if possible.
  • Participants will be required to wear glove on their non-playing hand.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Arrive no more than 10 minutes before your scheduled court reservation to avoid congregations of individuals waiting to start.
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, net, net handle, etc. if you can.

During Play

  • Try to stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact with them (such as shaking hands or a high five).
  • No spectators allowed.
  • Limit play to singles only.
  • Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth or use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not readily available.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue immediately.
  • No food on courts
  • Avoid sharing drinks or towels.
  • Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent. Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
  • If you change sides of the court, everyone should pass to the right and maintain social distancing.
  • Players may not sit next to each other on the benches.
  • Remain at least 6 feet apart from other players when taking a break.
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, use your foot or racquet to send it back.
  • When your reservation has ended, players are asked to immediately gather all their belongings and exit the court to maintain social distancing from the players in the next scheduled time slot.

After Play

  • When your reservation has ended, players are asked to immediately gather all their belongings and exit the court to maintain social distancing from the players in the next scheduled time slot.
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place on site.
  • No congregation after playing.
  • All players should leave the facility immediately after play.