Portmarnock Padel Protocol

28th December 2020


Ireland has returned to Level 5.

Player limitations

  • Players must live within county Dublin.
  • Casual play only. No competitions. No mix-ins.
  • A total of only four players are allowed and playing partners must live in the same house within County Dublin. No mix-ins or tournaments. Maximum of 2 households on court.
  • Coaching may be done but with a limit of 2 students per session. No more than 3 (including the coach) allowed on the court at the same time.
  • Singles play is permitted under the current implementation of Level 5.

Contact Tracing

  • Responsibility for contact tracing will rest with the person booking the court. (S)he must keep a record of the date and time of the match as well as the names and contact details of all players. Records should be retained for at least two weeks.
  • Coaching staff must keep a record of all their coaching sessions including player contact details. They must also ensure that students are aware of the court protocol.

Arriving at the Court

  • A mask must be worn when collecting the key from reception. The key must be santised before handing it back. If another group arrives to play, sanitise the key and leave it in the gate.
  • If a group is on court when you arrive, wait for them to vacate the area. Stay well away from the gates and the pathway. Respect passers-by. This is a public area.
  • Only one player should remove benches and the box from the court. Hands should be sanitised before and after removal.


Hand sanitisers and hygiene

  • Players must sanitise themselves and their equipment before and after play. Players are advised to bring their own hand sanitisers and masks. Sanitisers will be provided. Avoid touching your face.
  • Rest stations have been designated, with social distancing in mind. Each player must stick to their chosen station during breaks.
  • Maintain a two metre distance on court and off court and when changing ends. Keep your bag, drinks and yourself at least two metres from all other players and stick to the designated rest stations.
  • No handshakes or high 5s.
  • Do not climb over the net. Avoid unnecessary contact with the glass and certainly avoid the unsanitary practice of wiping/drying your hand on it. Accidental contact should be followed by immediate hand sanitising. Spitting is completely unacceptable.
  • If you use padel balls for more than one session please consider spraying them with a disinfectant spray before storing them for the next game. Using new balls for each session is highly recommended. If you are aware that someone suspected of having COVID 19 has come in contact with the balls we suggest that you dispose of them safely immediately.

Each individual is personally responsible for complying with the latest Government and IPA guidelines as well as the local protocol.

Keep fit, keep safe. Thanks for playing.