Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers tells Edinburgh golfers to stay away after travel clampdown


Nicola Sturgeon confirmed on Monday that East Lothian will move from tier three to tier two restrictions from Tuesday, although Midlothian, which she had previously indicated was also likely to see the same relaxation of rules, saw its move down the levels abruptly cancelled as a result of a rise in cases.

The First Minister said she did not expect to announce any major changes to levels in force across the country on Tuesday, a week after she indicated the relaxation in East Lothian while imposing a near full lockdown on 11 council areas in west and central Scotland.

Scottish Golf, the national governing body for the sport, has issued guidelines to clubs urging them to follow and enforce the rules, with courses currently closed in England due to the national lockdown there. Courses have only recently reopened in Wales and strict rulesare  in place in Northern Ireland.

Stuart McEwen, Secretary of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, said: “We asked all members to adhere to the law regarding the tightening on travel restrictions as of 6pm last Friday. 

“We realise that this has affected many members residing in the City of Edinburgh area however the club is fully supportive to protect all those living and working in East Lothian in the fight against Covid-19.  We hope that the City of Edinburgh will be in a position to move to Level 2 as soon as possible.”

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was established in 1744, and is widely acknowledged as being the oldest club in the world. Its original home was Leith, before it moved to Musselburgh in 1836, and later Muirfield, in Gullane, in 1891, which has become one of the most famous courses in the world.

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