Mayor Rosenthal Issues Supplemental Order Allowing Racket Sports
Yesterday, May 18, 2020, Mayor Rosenthal issued a Supplemental Order regarding racket sports pursuant to her March 16, 2020, Declaration of Emergency. The Order modifies Mayor Rosenthal’s April 2 Order, which prohibited, on public property, the conduct of any sport or recreational activity using shared equipment, and group exercise with persons who are not member of the same household.
Specifically, the Order permits the play of tennis, pickleball and paddle tennis in public and private courts provided that:
- it is played in strict compliance with the U.S. Tennis Association Guidelines;
- no doubles play allowed (singles competition only); and,
- no play may occur simultaneously on an adjacent court and the nets are removed from adjacent courts
Prior to issuance of the Order, Mayor Rosenthal and staff reviewed these requirements in detail with the Deerfield Park District, Deerfield High School, Briarwood County Club and Tennaqua, all of which are expected to open for racket sports shortly. The U.S. Tennis Association Guidelines are available here and the Supplemental Order is available here.
Notably, in order for residents to play on the public courts at Park District facilitates or Deerfield High School, an on-line reservation must be made in advance by visiting the Park District website at deerfieldparks.org. The Park District will launch its on-line tennis registration page Wednesday with courts opening Thursday. The public courts will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Staff will be monitoring activity at public locations and the Village will be enforcing the social distancing rules. If activity becomes unsafe, this Order may be modified or rescinded. We ask for the public’s cooperation and strict adherence to these safety guidelines to ensure this alternate recreation option remains available.