How will new Covid-19 restrictions affect golf clubs in England?

Face coverings in England are required by law in indoor public places, but not hospitality venues.

Matt Chivers's picture
Mon, 13 Dec 2021

How will new Covid-19 restrictions affect golf clubs in England?

Golf is one of many sectors of life in England that has had to adapt and jump through the hoops of different Covid-19 restrictions laid out by the government.

Due to the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant named Omicron, the government have introduced new rules in order to combat the chance of another lockdown.

From December 10, last Friday, face coverings were required to be worn in most indoor public places, but not in hospitality venues where food and drink can be found.

The guidance also stated:

"Where a premises or part of a premises is being used for an event where the main activities include eating, drinking and dancing, face coverings are not required. Face coverings must be worn in communal areas of the premises not being used for the event.

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"In indoor settings where a face covering is not legally required, you should still continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet."

England Golf have now stated that golf clubs must consider the layout of their facility and the clubhouse when applying the new rules. This could mean that you are required to wear a mask in your clubhouse or pro shop.

From today, December 13, government guidance dictates that you should work from home if you can, but go into work if this is not an option.

The newest government guidance stated the following: 

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"Office workers who can work from home should do so from Monday 13 December. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go into work – for example, to access equipment necessary for their role or where their role must be completed in person.

"In-person working will be necessary in some cases to continue the effective and accessible delivery of some public services and private industries. If you need to continue to go into work, consider taking lateral flow tests regularly to manage your own risk and the risk to others.

"Employers should consider whether home working is appropriate for workers facing mental or physical health difficulties, or those with a particularly challenging home working environment."

England Golf have advised golf clubs to consider how these regulations apply to their staff. Where possible, golf club staff should be working from home. 

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