Everything you need to know as the government’s coronavirus guidelines change again
With government policies differing around the UK, it’s important to keep up to date. So do you need to wear a mask at the golf club?
Do you need to wear a mask at the golf club?
England: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on November 27 that facemasks are once again compulsory on public transport and in shops, but not hospitality.
If you’re going in the pro shop to get a drink before your round, sign in for the competition, or do some shopping, you are required to wear a facemask.
Rather than it being down to the club or the professional to regulate this will now be enforced by the police.
A face covering won’t be required in the 19th hole after your round, but it is recommended that you wear one until you are seated or if you are moving around the bar or restaurant area.
Scotland: The Scottish government’s guidance says places you need to wear a face covering include:
– bars, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs
– churches and other places of worship
– public transport, including stations and bus stops
– at work (including tradespeople working in people’s homes)
You are also advised to wear a face covering outdoors in crowded places.
Exemptions include those that are under 12, or those who have an illness or disability which means they cannot wear one.
So you must wear a mask at the golf club in Scotland.
Wales: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places and public transport.
You do not have to wear face coverings in places where food and drink is served, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants.
So similarly to England, wear one in the pro shop, but you can take it off in the bar area.
Northern Ireland: The use of face coverings is required in all indoor settings accessible to the public across Northern Ireland. This includes shops, shopping centres, public, private and school transport services, taxis, airplanes, public transport stations and airports, banks, churches, cinemas, and some government offices.
And golf clubs.
Don’t forget to wash your hands or use sanitiser regularly, and try not to touch any of your fellow players’ golf equipment if possible.
Also, you only have to wear a face covering, not a face mask, so this could be a household item such as a scarf or snood.
But remember for a face covering to be of any use, it needs to be something that covers both the mouth and the nose.
Experts also recommend washing fabric masks or face coverings following every use.
There are also certain groups that are exempt which includes those with disabilities and children under 11.
What about on the course?
You won’t be required to wear the face covering on the course but it is recommended that you socially distance wear possible.
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