All 48 Golf Clubs and golfing facilities across Warwickshire have been closed indefinitely, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Clubs and golfers in this county had been keeping a close eye on the guidance issued by the government, health advisers and national organising body England Golf as the health crisis continued to grow in the country.
With golf being a healthy pursuit played in the open air, the authorities initially stated that the risk to players, who are of good health and not classed in a vulnerable age category, was smaller than most other sports.
But a statement from Prime Minister on Monday, March 23rd insisting that all UK nationals stay at home for at least the next three weeks, forced England Golf to close all golf courses and facilities.
England Golf issued the following statement:
Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement tonight (March 23rd), golf clubs, courses and facilities in England must now close.
It is England Golf’s position that this deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and be maintained until further notice.
The government has identified an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life and on non-essential businesses opening their doors.
This has been done to limit the spread of the coronavirus and relieve the growing pressure on our National Health Service.
Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency.
The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.
These are incredibly testing times for the country. The golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life.
We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage caused by this suspension of regular golf club life.
We will continue to signpost clubs and counties to the latest government advice and schemes designed to help the economy cope with the disruption caused by coronavirus.