CLOSING DOWN

All golf clubs in the UK told to close by Prime Minister

Sean O'Shea  

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England Golf has told all golf clubs, golf courses and facilities in the country to close after the UK was put on lockdown by Brisitish Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Monday.

The governing body said the “deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and be maintained until further notice”.

In a statement, England Golf said: “Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement tonight (March 23), golf clubs, courses and facilities 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.

“The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.

“These are incredibly testing times for the country. The golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life.

“We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage caused by this suspension of regular golf club life.

“We will continue to signpost clubs and counties to the latest government advice and schemes designed to help the economy cope with the disruption caused by coronavirus.”

Scottish Golf followed suit with their own statement shortly afterwards, saying: “While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear, we must stay home and play our part in containing the spread of Covid-19.

 “With this in mind, Scottish Golf asks that all golfers in Scotland refrain from golfing until further notice.

The UK’s other golf governing bodies were yet to make statements late last night but, across social media, clubs from all four corners of the union were signifying their intention to shut immediately following the lockdown announcement.

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