After two months off you're understandably keen to get back on the course. Now coaches in England have been given the green light to give lessons again

PGA pros have been given the green light to resume golf lessons in England.

New guidelines were released on Thursday saying golf coaches can return to work as long as they are working outdoors and on a one-to-one basis. Certainly good news for those of you who haven’t hit a ball for several weeks.

Coaches can meet with different clients in a single day providing each golf lesson is “under strict infection control measures, observing social distancing, and must take place outside” according to an England Golf statement.

It continued: “In order to comply with this regulation, you should enforce strict hygiene measures and it is recommended that PGA professionals complete a comprehensive risk assessment and refer to the coaching guidelines on the PGA Covid-19 resource hub.”

Good news for those who have outdoor teaching facilities, but doesn’t leave those who operate from an indoor studio many options.

The guidance also states pros can’t open their shops up as normal for now: “All retail, other than those exempt, must close their premises to members of the public. However, staff may be present to make deliveries or provide services in response to orders such as those through telephone, online, or mail.

“As the list of exemptions does not currently include golf retail, these premises must remain closed, except for Click and Collect services.”

There is one instance however where the shop will be allowed to be open: “Essential access to a building such as a professional shop for clubs which operate a booking system to regulate tee times and take payment, is permissible provided appropriate social distancing precautionary measures are put in place.”

As for driving ranges there is still no clear guidelines on when these can be open. England Golf state they are “continue to pursue clarification” on this matter and on if custom fittings can resume.

“We will update you as further clarifications become available. In the meantime, our advice remains unchanged: where there is any room for doubt the safest option should be pursued.”

You can read the full statement on the England Golf website.

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