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Golf courses in the Republic of Ireland ordered to close for next six weeks

11.50am 22nd October 2020 - Coronavirus News

The Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) have announced that golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland will have to close for the next six weeks under the country’s new Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The new lockdown measures came into effect today (October 22), and people have been instructed to exercise within 5km of their homes. 

With the exception of elite level competitions in rugby, football, Gaelic football and horse racing, sport is set to shut back down for the next six weeks.

The GUI and the ILGU is currently seeking clarity from the Government over driving ranges and practice facilities. 

“Following intensive engagement over the past 48 hours, we have been informed this afternoon by Sport Ireland that, very regrettably golf clubs must close under the new Level 5 restrictions,” the GUI statement reads.

“Essential course maintenance is permitted to continue under Level 5. We have sought clarity on the issue as to whether ranges/practice facilities can remain open for exempted activities. We will update clubs on this as soon as possible.”

After being fully closed in late March after the imposition of lockdown, the Republic of Ireland’s golf clubs were allowed to open on a limited basis on May 18 with restrictions gradually being loosened over the following weeks and months.

Northern Ireland’s golf clubs and courses remain open.

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