An MP is urging the British government to open golf courses as public space so that people can get the exercise they need during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report in The Argus.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has led the calls by promoting a petition to get golf courses back open this week.
She also claimed it would be a "common sense" decision to open golf courses so that the public can practice good social distancing measures.
"If we can use conference centres as pop-up hospitals and hotels to accommodate NHS staff, then surely we can use golf courses to give people somewhere to get fresh air and exercise while keeping a safe distance from others, " said MP Caroline Lucas.
"In Brighton and Hove, we are lucky to have public golf courses like at Hollingbury Park, where the public can already walk and the Dyke club also has some public access, which I welcome. We also have the Downs.
"The initiative which I’m supporting is a national one, not one specific to our city, with a particular focus on areas where parks may either be closed or non-existent, and where golf courses provide one of the few areas of green space that people can easily access."
The measures that are currently put in place in the United Kingdom are as follows:
> Parks are to remain open, but people are only to go out to exercise ONCE a day - but this does not mean a round of golf
> Shops selling "non-essential goods" including clothes and electronic are closed
> Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are also closed
> Gatherings of more than two people (excluding people who live together) are banned
> There will be no wedding or baptisms, but funerals are allowed