Published by Jason DeGroff on May 9, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy, our communities and our lives in ways we couldn’t have possibly conceived. We also hear this phrase “new normal” quite often and I believe it’s a nod to the fact that COVID-19, as terrible as it is, is also a reminder of both the power of mother nature and the fact that we too must adapt and find our way.
It’s well understood that one of the best things you can do, on a personal level, is to bolster your immune system and mental health. Of course, one of the best ways to achieve this goal is to stay active and fit. That said, communities will benefit greatly from more education and more opportunities to address their health and wellness. Both government and business should focus on providing communities with additional vehicles to be active outdoors and in ways where social distancing measures can be accommodated. This means more open park spaces, greenways and, of course, tennis courts! With tennis being one of only two sports approved for play by the CDC, it’s important that we determine all that we can do, with facilities, to promote safe play for everyone.
Swing Racquet + Paddle, given our stage in the design and engineering process, has the opportunity to really focus on building the facility of the future and play our role in preparing for the “new normal”.
We’ve already begun and, over the course of the next several months, will continue to collaborate with our design team, industry experts and our community to identify all of the possibilities to consider for public safety. This will, of course, mean things like virtual bookings, touchless entryways and increased sanitation of surfaces but what else? We’re actively building a list of all areas to consider and will carefully vet each to curate an impactful list of design decisions that will yield the most safety and value for guests of the facility.
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