The USTA National Campus officially reopened to the public on Monday, June 8, following a comprehensive and systematic readiness assessment, marking the end of a nearly three-month hiatus of operations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The phased reopening began with court-time reservations and private lessons and moved to limited adult and junior programming. These programs represent a condensed version of the campus’ traditional summer programming offerings in order to adhere to health and safety guidelines. This phased approach toward eventually returning to normal operations will continue throughout the summer as it becomes appropriate to expand programming, with the eventual goal of reintroducing events to the campus calendar.
With the health and safety of all guests and staff as its foremost consideration, the USTA developed a set of policies and protocols in conjunction with its Medical Advisory Group that are consistent with the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Governor of Florida’s Executive Orders, Orange County, the Florida Department of Health, and other relevant agencies.
These new procedures and policies will ensure that all tennis played at the USTA National Campus is done so in the safest possible manner as the USTA welcomes guests from Lake Nona and beyond back to the courts.
Guests at the campus are required to wear face coverings at all times with the exception of when they are on court, and all guests will be subject to a temperature check and health questionnaire upon arrival.
One of the key changes for those who are regular participants at the campus is that all reservations must now be made online prior to arrival and no “drop-ins” or walk-ups will be allowed. This allows the campus team to monitor capacity and to ensure guests adhere to social-distancing protocols. Not all courts will be used, and staggered start times will be utilized to allow for social-distancing.
Initially, common areas such as locker rooms will be closed, so guests are encouraged to arrive dressed and ready to play. Players should also bring all of their own equipment, including racquets, balls, towels, and water bottles.
Food service areas, including the Net Post Grill and Courtside Café, will remain closed for the time being.
Safety tips and recommendations will be posted throughout the site, but any guests who would like to view a more complete list of procedures and protocols should visit www.USTANationalCampus.com. The campus website will also have the latest information regarding any updates and/or changes to the campus guidelines.