Posted on Jan 05, 2021
The UK Government has announced a complete lockdown of England with immediate effect.
This means everyone must work from home where possible, except for critical workers, and it will supersede all local restrictions currently in place.
Golf clubs, golf facilities – both indoor and outdoor – and driving ranges will be required to close during this full lockdown. As such, coaching will not be permitted.
Golf retailers will be able to operate a click-and-collect service where goods are pre-ordered and either collected off the premises or delivered.
The British Golf Industry Association (BGIA) – as part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf*, along with other leading industry bodies – is extremely disappointed with the news, having made a strong case in recent months to keep golf open during the national lockdowns and in the regional tiers system.
It is with great regret that we share this news with you but please be assured that we will continue to make the case for golf to reopen whenever possible.
Full UK government guidance and details of the national lockdown in England can be found here.
*The All Party Parliamentary Group for Golf (APPGG) consists of MPs and Peers from any political party working with industry bodies to provide direction for golf during the COVID-19 crisis. The group is chaired by Craig Tracey (MP for North Warwickshire), with the industry represented by the following organisations: American Golf; The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf