The Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union have recommended that all golf clubs and courses on the island should close with immediate effect until at least April 19th following the announcement of new measures from the Irish and UK governments to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The recommendation also covers practise facilities.
"While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message is clear. People must stay at home to help to contain the spread of COVID-19," reads a statement from the unions.
"The Unions recognise the need clubs may have for business support at this time. We will monitor options available and engage with the relevant sporting bodies in due course to make representations for our member clubs.
"We know that these decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the respective Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we get the opportunity to play the game that we all love as soon as it is safe to do so.
"For security and essential maintenance purposes, greenkeeping staff can still attend work.
"All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on physical (social) distancing. Clubs should divide course staff into two teams where possible and if one becomes unavailable, the other team will still be okay to work.
"You will appreciate that this is a very fluid situation with new developments almost daily. We will continue to liaise with the appropriate authorities, and will ensure that our clubs are kept informed as to recommended best practice at all times."
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