Augusta National closes down due to coronavirus outbreak

Home of The Masters closes its doors to its members...

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 16 Mar 2020

Augusta National Golf Club, the home of The Masters, has closed its doors to its members from today due to the widespread coronavirus outbreak, according to a Golf Digest report. 

The famous golf club has shut its doors to members - like many others around the world - following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommended against gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks on Sunday.

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"We are now in the midst of a national emergency," reads a statement from Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley.

"The coronavirus is increasingly impacting lives everywhere, and we have rigorously evaluated how this will affect the Club and its operations. Our focus moving forward must be the health and safety of our exceptional staff, which is the heartbeat of Augusta National.

"Beginning today, we are taking the necessary steps to curtail our operations so, by the end of this week, the Club will be closed until further notice.

"We intend to maintain our properties with limited personnel on site, and we will support our many other functions by working remotely where possible. But this is about much more than business continuity.

"This is about our employees, and the foundation of this decision is built-in upon keeping everyone safe while preserving the financial stability of those we care about most.

"We will continuously review this situation and send timely information in order to give clarity and comfort during these unsettling times. While we do not know what the weeks ahead will bring for our world, I know our Club will emerge successfully and stronger than ever because of the support of our members and staff.

"Please continue to take every precaution to stay healthy, and thank you for your patience and trust as we plan for the realities of this pandemic."

 

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