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Covid-19 Update as to Langholm Golf Club

Andrew Paisley, 3 July 2020 07:52

Langholm Golf Club
Unfortunately due to a local outbreak of Covid-19 we will have to remain where we are as regards the rules of playing golf at present.
We will have to monitor the situation and take advice from Government.
We will have to be patient. I know this will be frustrating for some but we must work together and obey the guidance or we will be stuck where we are for longer than any of us want. Annan, Gretna Dumfries and Canonbie.
Please see the guidance letter from the SGU below which singles out our area specifically and states that our area will remain in current restriction.
Dear Member Clubs,

Following the First Minister's update today, Scottish Golf is now in a position to provide all Clubs with updated Phase 2 Guidance as Scotland continues to transition through its route map out of lockdown. There are several key dates outlined in our updated Phase 2 Guidance and we would encourage clubs to study these carefully.

The following changes are effective:

From tomorrowFriday 3 July:
  • Travel restrictions are now lifted (with exception of Annan, Gretna, Dumfries, Langholm and Canonbie, where 5-mile guidance remains in place).
  • Toilet facilities can re-open subject to the implementation of appropriate hygiene routines. Not at Langholm due to the above. AP
From Monday 6 July:
  • Outdoor hospitality can recommence subject to maintaining physical distancing and appropriate hygiene routines.
From Friday 10 July:
  • Face coverings must be worn when entering professional shops
At this time there is no change in stance on the playing of competitive golf, with only club competition permitted despite the relaxation of travel restrictions. This decision is based on the continuing premise that we are operating under an extension of exercise and not a return to sport.

While we do not have any set date for Open competitions, Elite Amateur or indeed Professional events, we do want to be as open and transparent as we possibly can to allow our stakeholders to assess any plans they may currently have in place. At present, it is not currently envisaged that these type of events will return for some time yet.

As with all of Scottish Golf’s guidance during the extension to exercise, this will be subject to change and will require final sign off from Government. Scottish Golf will continue to keep all clubs and tournament organisers updated via our dedicated COVID-19 webpage which can be accessed here.

In the meantime we ask all of our member clubs and tournament organisers utilising facilities affiliated to Scottish Golf, to adhere to this mandatory regulation on competitive golf by ensuring that they are not operating any competitive events which allow non-members of the club to take part.

In anticipation of the wider re-opening of indoor hospitality venues, we have prepared a readiness guide to assist you with preparing your clubhouse for re-opening. The document is prepared based on the latest information we currently have. This could be subject to further change or additional measures that will requireimplementation.

At this time it is our understanding that a target date of 15 July remains. As with all of Scottish Golf’s guidance, this is subject to change and will require final sign off from Government. This will not happen until nearer the time and we will continue to keep our clubs updated as and when we have further information available on this aspect.

We would once again like to thank all of our clubs and gofers across Scotland for your continued co-operation. We continue to make good progress as a community and by adhering to the latest guidance, it will ensure we can all continue to enjoy playing the game safely.

Kind regards,
Karin Sharp, Scottish Golf 

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