English golf courses get date for re-opening

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The government has confirmed that golf courses in England will be allowed to open from Wednesday, December 2.

The news was revealed in the House of Commons this afternoon as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, outlined plans for a return to the three-tiered regional COVID-19 mitigation measures when the current restrictions are eased.

Regions will find out which of the three tiers they are in on Thursday, the allocation of which will be dependent on a number of factors, including each area’s case numbers, its ‘R’ number, and the current and projected pressure on the NHS locally.

Golf, however, will be allowed irrespective of the tier.

Despite intense lobbying from the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group and England Golf, the country’s golf facilities were instructed to close on November 5 as part of new measures designed to control the spread of the coronavirus. 

Former European Tour winner Nick Dougherty has been a strong critic of the decision to shut courses, with former world No.1 Lee Westwood today calling on the government to “see sense” and allow them to re-open.

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