STATEMENT FROM GOLF IRELAND
Golf facilities in Republic of Ireland permitted to remain open during new Level 5 measures
22nd December 2020
Following continued discussions with government authorities and Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland welcomes the fact that golf courses and facilities will be permitted to remain open as the Republic of Ireland moves again to Level 5 on a phased basis from 24 December.
The guidance issued by Golf Ireland on 27 November 2020 continues to apply to all golf clubs (see here: https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=69&tags=Golf%20Ireland%20HQ ), with the following important updates:
At 3pm on 24 December, Restaurants and pubs operating as restaurants will close. After this point, clubhouse access should once again be confined to use of toilet facilities (provided they can be kept clean) and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, one-out approach. Outdoor dining is not permitted, and golfers should depart the facility following the conclusion of their game as soon as possible.
From 26th December, inter-county travel restrictions will be reintroduced and will, as always, apply to sporting activity.
While all retail, including pro shops, are permitted to remain open, the Government is asking all retailers to defer any plans for January sales events (see www.gov.ie for more).
Further guidance will be issued to clubs in line as and when government change the current Level 5 status.