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Golf’s stakeholders urge UK Government to rethink course shutdown

1.29pm 3rd November 2020 - Coronavirus News

A group of the key stakeholders in golf have co-signed a letter sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to reconsider his plan to close all golf clubs for a month from November 5 as part of the second national lockdown.

Craig Tracey MP – the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf – has written to Johnson on behalf of England Golf, the PGA, The R&A, BIGGA and other leading groups from the golf industry, in which he sets out the case for golf courses to be allowed to stay open during the second national lockdown.

In the letter, it is argued that golf courses should stay open as an extension of recreation due to the benefits it provides for physical and mental health for all age groups.

Speaking in parliament yesterday, when specifically questioned about keeping golf clubs open, Mr Johnson said that he “would look at any exceptions that we can sensibly make”, but then added, “It is difficult to take out one part of the Jenga block without disturbing the whole package. That is why I want everybody to work together for the next four weeks to get the R under control so that we can open things up again in time for December.”

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