The COVID-19 pandemic has halted numerous events and activities, and golf has been no exception. With states on lockdown, golf clubs have also been shut down to curb the spread of the virus. However, now that the situation is under control, and the number of infected people has fallen, the government has allowed the reopening of golf clubs. Most people have concerns about the decision, however. The following are a few of the measures that have been taken to ensure the safety of players and staff.
No Groups Allowed on Golf Courses
Unlike before, when players could be accompanied by their friends, only individuals are allowed on the field now. A player can be accompanied by either one other person from a different household, or two other people from the same household. This means that any golfers looking to play their favourite game must be prepared to do so by themselves. Also, players should wear protective masks and observe ‘social-distancing’ rules while on the green.
Furlough of Staff
To prevent having many people in one place, the government has furloughed most staff at golf clubs. Remaining workers will be responsible for helping all players who come their way. Therefore, if you go to the golf club, do not be surprised to find only a handful of people there. Ensuring that people stay healthy, and taking measures to curb the spread of the virus, must take priority.
Before the outbreak earlier this year, dates had already been set for several tournaments. However, after the pandemic disrupted these plans, along with players’ training schedules, most tournaments were postponed. All championships that were originally slated to be held before June 21 have since been rescheduled. This rescheduling will give players ample time to practice, so that they can be ready when the tournaments resume.