Richard Southern speaks to the director of Glen Abbey Golf Club about the changes golfers can expect when they return to the links. Health and Safety for Golf Courses During COVID-19 . In light of this barrage of course openings throughout North America, and although the Ontario government has yet to provide an exact date for opening its golf courses, we are optimistic that we will be permitted to open by mid to late May. The Ford government gave golf the green light yesterday after weeks of business shutdowns and orders for people to combat the coronavirus pandemic by staying inside and avoiding contact with others as much as possible. Please click on the links below to download these documents: With respect to tee-times, it is suggested that you follow protocol GO-006 in the Golf Operations section of Ontario’s We Are Golf Protocol document. Ontario government allows golf courses to open starting May 16 (Golf Canada, May 14, 2020) Golf season to kickoff May 20th in Québec (Golf Canada, May 13, 2020) Provincial breakdown of golf restrictions during COVID-19 (The Weather Network, May 12, 2020) "We actually already have signs asking people not to touch it," Zanini said. Options may include: a) delivering some of the sessions by way of webinars or videos; or b) postponing some or all of the sessions. No states require golfers to wear masks, and at least one state has lifted its coronavirus golf rules entirely. Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the reopening of Ontarioâs golf courses at a news conference on Thursday, several senior sources tell 680 NEWS. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a small list â¦ Tee times must be a minimum of 10 minutes apart to avoid congestion on the course. We are excited about the announcement from the government asking courses to prepare to get ready. 5 Also, the province calls for carts to be thoroughly sanitized between rounds, something Zanini said her staff is already doing. But that hasn't stopped some from seeing open fairways as an open invitation. Zanini said golfers are asked to use the same common sense they use while sharing a sidewalk and make an effort to spread out around two potential choke points: the tee and the green. Ontario golf courses to take on new look after reopening Sources say the Ford government will announce the reopening of golf courses on Thursday. Clubhouses, pools, meeting rooms, fitness or other recreational facilities on the premises must be closed to the public. All golf course restrooms areserviced and disinfected frequently. Ontario’s We Are Golf partners have been working very hard to create a path to safe golf and we are thrilled that this work has resulted in the Ontario Government allowing golf courses to re-open. What will Ontario's 1st stage of reopening look like? Get the latest case data and updates, learn how to protect yourself and others and get advice on what to do next if you think you might have COVID-19 covid 19. Thank you to everyone for your patience and commitment to your facilities as we all have worked through these challenging times. COVID-19 Guidance for Golf and Outdoor Driving Ranges. It is not clear if the courses will be open in time for the long weekend or not. We trust that you understand the need to adjust these meeting plans during this challenging time. "I think it's good for people to get out. Here are links to some of the key guidelines and resources around today’s re-opening of golf courses announcement, From our friends at the NGCOA: Best practices. All rakes, ball washers, and any other fixtures will be removed from the golf course. Take a self-assessment. Outdoor driving ranges are permitted to open with restrictions. 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This is an update on the actions Golf Ontario has taken with respect to concerns over the COVID-19 and to assure you that Golf Ontario is doing everything we can to support our stakeholders through this difficult time. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. Postmedia has learned that Ontario golf courses will be allowed to open beginning this weekend. With additional time needed to ensure that Golf Ontario Championships are staged in the most safe and responsible manner possible given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Golf Ontario has had to make significant revisions to the 2020 schedule of championships, â¦ Echo Valley has installed Plexiglas around the cash register, and golfers should be ready to pay by debit or credit card — no cash. We will continue to send you updates if more information becomes available.