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The UK Government updated their stance on the national lockdown on 22 February to include the ‘roadmap to return’.

This roadmap out of lockdown included the re-opening of golf courses from 29 March 2021. From this date, the England Golf ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ protocols for playing the game should be referenced by all golfers and golf clubs.

Clubs/facilities should adhere to the guidelines provided when courses re-open for play. These protocols are regularly updated to reflect current government and industry regulations.

These have been published to assist clubs/facilities in providing as safe an environment as they can. Failure to follow this guidance may leave clubs/facilities open to enforcement action from local authorities and/or Police, or subject to disciplinary procedures from England Golf.

Guidance may require to be re-issued as government measures to combat COVID-19 are reviewed and updated.

Playing the game

As clubs plan for the re-opening of clubhouses, providing a safe, secure and sanitised environment will be essential. Find out more details on the Continuation of Committee Meetings and AGMs here. The ‘Play Safe Stay Safe’ message is just as applicable to the opening of clubhouses as it is to how the game is played. See below guidelines for clubs to plan the re-opening of clubhouses and indoor hospitality areas.

Framework for opening your clubhouse

Clubs are also able to download the shareable resources below; a Play Safe poster and Play Safe timeline infographic, which they are free to distribute around their facility and on their digital media channels to help increase the knowledge of the updated protocols.