Coronavirus: Golf courses to close across UK after tight new measures

Golf’s administrative bodies across the UK have all issued statements ordering golf courses to be temporarily closed to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday evening, where stricter measures on the movement of people were introduced, England Golf, Scotland Golf and Wales Golf all confirmed that courses must now shut until further notice.

In a statement, England Golf said: “Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement tonight (23 March), golf clubs, courses and facilities in England must now close.

“It is England Golf’s position that this deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and be maintained until further notice.

“The government has identified an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life and on non-essential businesses opening their doors. This has been done to limit the spread of the coronavirus and relieve the growing pressure on our National Health Service.

“Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency. The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.

“The golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life. We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage caused by this suspension of regular golf club life.”

The new measures mean the only reasons for leaving the house are shopping for necessities, travelling to work as a key worker, medical emergency, caring for a vulnerable person or for one form of an exercise a day, all to be undertaken alone or with members of your household.

A statement from Scottish Golf added: “While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear, we must stay home and play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19.

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