Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement last night (23rd March), golf clubs and golf courses in England must now close.
It is England Golf’s position that this deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and be maintained until further notice.
The government has identified an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life and on non-essential businesses opening their doors. This has been done to limit the spread of the coronavirus and relieve the growing pressure on our National Health Service.
Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency. P laying of golf does not constitute one of the government’s permissible forms of daily exercise. There should be no exceptions, no special cases as golf takes its share of the responsibility in looking out for the health and wellbeing of all citizens.
The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.
For security and essential maintenance purposes, green-keeping staff can still attend work. All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on social distancing.