Golf will be allowed under the Northern Ireland Executive's updated guidelines

Northern Ireland golf courses will be allowed to reopen from April 1 as the country moves to Step 2 of its ‘reopening pathway’.

A PGA statement has revealed that, from that date:

  • Northern Ireland golf courses can reopen for two balls and four balls with people from two households, but clubhouses must remain closed. Toilet facilities are permitted.
  • Fitting and indoor studios must remain closed, while driving ranges can open if they are outdoor
  • Coaching is not permitted and retail must remain closed. Contactless click and collect delivery is permitted.
  • Both indoor and outdoor hospitality must remain closed but takeaway is allowed.
  • Travel is permitted within 10 miles.

From April 12, and subject to ratification from the Northern Irish Executive, the country’s stay at home requirement will be replaced with a ‘stay local’ message.

For golf, the PGA say that means:

  • Coaching is permitted outside in groups of up to 15 people.
  • Fitting and indoor studios must remain closed
  • Retail must remain closed but contactless click and collect delivery is permitted.
  • Both indoor and outdoor hospitality must remain closed but takeaway is allowed.
  • Travel is permitted within 10 miles.

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