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PGA Pros in England can coach groups of up to five players

3.02pm 1st June 2020 - Coronavirus News - This story was updated on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Golf coaches in England can now teach groups of up to five people following the UK Government’s latest relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

With groups of up to six people from different households allow to meet up for socially distant gatherings in gardens and public spaces, England Golf and the PGA have confirmed that a PGA Professional may teach up to five people in a group session, providing all maintain 2-metre distancing and follow other hygiene measures, such as not sharing clubs or golf balls.

In a statement issued on its website, England Golf said: ‘‘This morning (June 1), the UK government clarified the COVID-19 guidelines regarding personal trainers and coaches for sport in England. The new guidelines have confirmed that ‘personal training or coaching is permitted if outside and if people are a minimum of two metres apart and providing there are gatherings of no more than six people from different households’.

“This relaxation of the guidelines means from today, PGA members can host small group coaching sessions of up to five students. To comply with this regulation, you should enforce strict hygiene measures and it is recommended that PGA professionals complete a comprehensive risk assessment and refer to the coaching guidelines on the PGA COVID-19 Resource Hub.”

Pro shops and high street golf retailers will have to remain closed until June 15, after which time non-essential retailers are allowed to re-open providing they follow strict government guidance.

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