Pickleball courts are set to reopen Friday, May 15, 2020, at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field in Vernon with extra safety measures in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Doug Hoover - Contributed)

Pickleball courts are set to reopen Friday, May 15, 2020, at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field in Vernon with extra safety measures in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Doug Hoover - Contributed)

COVID-19: Game on for Vernon pickleball players

Pickleball courts at Marshall Field to reopen Friday with new pandemic measures

Pickleball is back.

After two long months without it, the Okanagan Wealth Advisors (OWA) Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field in Vernon is set to reopen Friday, May 15.

But there will be some noticeable changes.

The Vernon Pickleball Association (VPA), along with the City of Vernon Recreation and Pickleball BC, have worked to ensure the guidelines established by the Ministry of Health and top doctor Bonnie Henry can be adhered to to ensure the safety and well-being of players amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a large association, we have a civic responsibility to do our part within the framework of the provincial plans to keep us all healthy and as safe as possible,” the association said in a statement Thursday, May 14.

No more than 50 people will be allowed at the outdoor courts at one time to ensure appropriate physical distancing.

For this to occur, reservations are required. There will be no opportunities for drop-ins.

All two-hour court reservations can be made online at vernonpickleball.com.

Reservations are mandatory for all VPA members and the general public. Public players are welcome to reserve time during all afternoons and weekend evenings.

Players will enter the courts from the north side gates and exit from the south side to avoid congregations and maintain physical distancing and the centre walkway traffic is to be kept clear.

No sports bags are to be left in the walkway and there is to be no congregating before or after play.

Players are not to arrive any more than 10 minutes prior to their time booked and are to wait at the north-side practice court to await the assigned court to clear.

Each player is encouraged to use their own ball and keep it with them throughout the game, while limiting the touching of other player’s equipment.

VPA encourages players to limit collective ‘playing circles of contact’ to no more than four players per court and to try to play with the same partner — preferably someone from the same household.

Most importantly, VPA encourages players to have fun.

READ MORE: Long weekend launches mussel fight in Okanagan

READ MORE: Most of B.C.’s provincial parks to reopen today, visitors asked to physically distance


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The organizer of a Kelowna protest against COVID-19 restrictions was fined by the RCMP for the third time Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19: Organizer of Kelowna anti-restriction protest ticketed for third time

The individual’s latest ticket for $2,300 was handed out by RCMP at an anti-lockdown rally Saturday

Mount Boucherie Secondary School is one of three Kelowna schools with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an update from the school district Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19 confirmed at 3 Kelowna schools

Interior Health has confirmed exposures at Mount Boucherie, Springvalley and South Rutland schools

City of Vernon crews are responding to a small sinkhole on Lakeshore Road in Vernon Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Contributed)
Sinkhole slows Vernon traffic

Lakeshore Road has been reduced to single-lane alternating traffic Saturday

A map released by the BCCDC on Jan. 15 shows the number of new COVID-19 cases reported for each local health area between Jan. 3 and 9. (BCCDC Image)
Salmon Arm and Vernon see increase in new COVID cases, curve flattening elsewhere

The rate of new cases is levelling off in Kelowna, Penticton and Revelstoke.

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating Pink Shirt Day safely at home. (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs)
Pink Shirt Day re-imagined as COVID-19 pandemic continues

The Boys and Girls Clubs are introducing Breakfast in a Box

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

Half of the most expensive homes are on 2080 Mackenzie Crt, which is across the street from Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The 10 most valuable homes in Revelstoke for 2020

Combined, the properties are worth more than $35M

Lake Country native Evan-Riley Brown is in the cast for the new film Journey To Royal: A WW II Rescue Mission to be released on video on demand and streaming services on Feb. 2. (Contributed)
Okanagan actor lands role in WW II movie

Evan-Riley Brown, from Lake Country, cast in production labelled as hybrid of a feature film and documentary called Journey To Royal: a WW II Rescue Mission.

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
More than 20 days have passed since the last case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Lakeside Manor. (File photo)
Salmon Arm retirement facility reopens social areas after COVID-19

More than 20 days have passed since last confirmed case at Lakeside Manor

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Most Read