The UK Golf Federation has started a petition to keep golf courses open during the global Covid-19 outbreak.
With the current situation at hand, the golf course seems one of the safer places for exercise with minimal contact to the outside world, with measures such as bunkers being made GUR, flags being removed, and cups being placed upside down some of the practical measures to help avoid any unnecessary spreading off germs.
In France and Germany however, courses have been shut which will have massive repercussions for the businesses involved.
The petition was started by The UK Golf Federation’s Doug Poole, and here is what he has to say about the petition.
“Whilst we all fully understand the very serious issues the Coronavirus is presenting to the world; The UK Golf Federation want the Governments support to keep golf courses open through the term of COVID19.
“Golf is unique as it requires no person to person contact. Okay, the clubhouse may be closed, but you can change in the car park, no reason to take the flag out these days and likely you can always remain two metres apart from your playing partners. Already, most golf courses have extensive plans with no cash, sanitising stations and open-door policies.
“If golf courses are not kept open, potentially 30% could go bankrupt and close affecting hundreds of thousands of employees and associated industries. Also, if the course is closed and green staff stop maintaining the course it will take years to bring it back into the condition our golfers expect.
“Finally, just short of 2 million people play golf each week, many are under 70 years old! The loss of their recreational activity, social discussions and time spent with friends and partners walking in fresh air will be lost and could have serious unnecessary long-term effects on the health, physical and mental wellbeing of these golfers.”
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