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England Golf update: COVID-19

3.30pm 20th March 2020 - Coronavirus NewsManagement Topics

Golf clubs and golfers must take appropriate steps to make sure they minimise the risk of infection from the COVID-19 virus, states England Golf in the guidelines that were updated at 10.00 (GMT) this morning.

In general, golf is a healthy pursuit played in the open air.

The risk to players, who are of good health and not classed in a vulnerable age category, is smaller than most other sports provided the expert advice is followed.

The vast majority of golfers can continue to play at your facility.

However, golf facilities must be mindful of the older age profile of their membership and understand that it is only prudent to implement sensible policies to limit the potential spread of any outbreak.

England Golf has taken the decision to postpone its championship events up to and including 7 June.

Our championships involve large numbers of people travelling and working together to run a successful event, and we consider it impossible to ensure the safety and welfare of all concerned. Golf clubs should consider if it is appropriate to take a similar stance for Open competitions on the basis of government advice on travel and other social restrictions.

Clubs should also carefully consider if it is possible and appropriate for them to run club competitions and matches in line with current government guidance on social gathering and social distancing.

These are unprecedented and extremely tough times for golf, but we would ask all our clubs and golfers to adopt a common-sense approach.

General advice:

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This remains a fluid situation and advice and guidance to clubs may change according to government and expert advice.

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