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Golf Courses To Reopen In England

Golf courses in England will be permitted to reopen for use from Wednesday 2nd December, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson provided another Covid-19 update to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon.

The current lockdown across England is set to expire on Wednesday 2nd December and as part of this, the rule of six will return to place, allowing golfers to once again play in fourballs.

All non essential retail shops will also be able to open too, which is good news for Pro Shops and driving ranges too, along with other golf retail stores, which have struggled with closures over the summer and autumn months.

However the Prime Minister also warned that more areas may fall into the higher levels of the Tier system, and so whether Clubhouses are able to reopen to serve food and drink to customers depends upon where they are situated.

The previous curfew time of 10pm for venues serving alcohol has now been modified to 'last orders' at 10pm, with closing time shifting to 11pm.

The government is expected to announce further details of the tier system on Thursday, including which regions are in which tier.

Speaking following the announcement, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Golf's Chairman, North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey, commened:

"I am sure all involved in golf in England welcome the sport's return and the industry has yet again puled together to form a coherent message to Government articulating why it was safe to do so."

"As was seen both before and during this lockdown, golf is a sport that can be played safely and the industry adapted quickly to manage the restrictions imposed previously."

"Golf now has operational experience and established Covid secure practices, including rule changes and other mitigation measures that meet the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ directive."

"It is therefore ideally placed to welcome people back when lockdown ends in all the home nations."

"The health and wellbeing benefits of playing golf are well documented in scientific literature and leaders in public health, public policy and sport from across the globe recognise that golf tackles physical inactivity and contributes to the prevention of a range of non-communicable diseases."

"Combining the undeniable benefits that golf offers to a significant proportion of the country, and the steps taken that ensure golf is a sport that can be played safely, the golf industry looks forward to welcoming players back and is confident it can meet future restrictions."

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