Canadian Association of Golf Clubs asks members to follow health guidelines

The National Allied Golf Associations want their member courses to listen to authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization released a statement Wednesday calling on golf clubs across the country to follow guidelines set by Health Canada, the World Health Organization and other public officials.

“As leaders in an industry that employs more than 300,000 Canadians and includes nearly six million golfers from coast to coast, our top priority is the health and safety of people and our people. communities, ”NAGA said.

The NAGA is made up of five of Canada’s premier golf organizations, including: Golf Canada, the Canadian Association of Golf Superintendents, the Professional Golfers Association of Canada, the Canadian Society of Club Managers and the National Association of Golf Owners. of Canada’s golf courses.

Quebec and New Brunswick had previously imposed the closure of recreational facilities like golf clubs and Ontario’s state of emergency closed all non-essential businesses, including golf clubs.

Although NAGA does not have the power to order the closure of individual courses, it has recommended that clubs no longer allow gambling during the new coronavirus crisis, even though this is still legally permitted in the region.

“When governments have not imposed the temporary closure of golf courses, the operators of these facilities should take all health and safety precautions,” the statement said.

NAGA said it still supports keeping classes going so that when health restrictions are lifted, clubs can resume their activities as quickly as possible.

The statement comes three days after Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum told The Canadian Press that amateur golfers should stay home during the pandemic.

When the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour – which had already canceled most of its events on the Asian side of its tour – canceled or postponed events at all levels of competition.

Golf Canada may cancel or postpone all of its official events and training camps until mid-May in order to protect its players and staff.

However, many amateur golfers have continued to play where the weather permits due to the relatively solitary nature of golf. The sport has been described as “perfect” for social distancing in numerous online forums, which has led Applebaum to publicly call on amateur gamers to stay home.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 25, 2020.

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