Golf courses can reopen in Wales, Welsh Government confirms
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 12/05/20 6:09pm
Golf courses in Wales have been given the green light to reopen, after new information was issued by the Welsh Government.
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Wales Golf announced clubs were now permitted to reopen at their own discretion after the Welsh Government clarified courses were not included on the list of businesses that must remain closed.
Golfers, however, will need to be 'local' to a course in order not to breach restrictions on travelling for exercise, with Wales Golf advising clubs to reopen no earlier than Monday May 18.
In a statement, Wales Golf said: "Following recent Welsh Government announcements and the revision of certain Covid-19 related restrictions, golf clubs are permitted to open if they so wish.
"It is entirely at each golf club's discretion as to whether they choose to open and if so when they choose to do so. We would advise that clubs that do wish to re-open do not do so immediately, so as to ensure they have sufficient protocols in place to adhere to these guidelines, which we will be on hand to assist with."
Golf courses to reopen in England
Golf courses in England can reopen from Wednesday, under changes to government guidance on sport and exercise.
"This would allow for a managed and co-ordinated reintroduction of golf across Wales from next Monday 18 May at the earliest."
Regulations in Wales state that exercise should be done locally and that people cannot drive to exercise out of their local area, although there is no geographical benchmark set for what classifies as 'local'.
Guidance from the Welsh Government on leaving home to exercise says: "We have deliberately not defined this more precisely as it could be seen to be arbitrary and it will also depend on the circumstances.
"What people perceive to be "local" in Cardiff on the one hand, and in Mid Wales on the other, could be quite different. People are asked to exercise good judgement and common sense."
In England, golfers are allowed to play with one person from a different household from Wednesday, while courses remain closed in both Scotland and Northern Ireland.