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Mass Golf Update-Phase II Re-Opening

June 03, 2020 2:10 PM | Julie Heston (Administrator)

Update: Phase II of Massachusetts Re-opening begins on June 8, 2020.

GOVERNOR'S ADMINISTRATION ADDS GOLF TO PHASE II OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S RE-OPENING PLAN (June 3, 2020)
The Governor's Administration has provided advanced notice that the golf industry has been included in the formal Phase II Re-Opening plan. The updated guidelines pertaining to golf will go into effect once Phase II begins, a date that is yet to be determined by the Governor's Administration. Please read the full guidelines below.

"These workplace safety standards for Golf Facilities are posted in advance to the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow operators of golf courses time to prepare for reopening in compliance with these mandatory standards. Golf courses have operated in a limited fashion since May 7, 2020.   Golf Facilities may not expand their operations until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan.  The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data."

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR GOLF INDUSTRY IN MASSACHUSETTS (as of 6/3/20)

Updated Guidance for Golf from the Recreation & Outdoor Business's Update on Mass.gov:

Full Guidance (CLICK HERE)

Golf Facilities Checklist (CLICK HERE)

Highlights:

  • Require at least 12 minutes between group tee times
  • Driving Ranges and Practice Areas
  • Use of driving range, putting green and other practice facilities must follow social distancing protocols and must require use of masks or face coverings  
  • Modify driving range hitting areas to ensure a minimum 6-feet of separation between players
  • Hole liners must be raised or otherwise adjusted so that players do not reach into the hole to retrieve a ball
  • Pro shops: must follow sector-specific standards for retail stores (click here)
  • Restaurants:  follow Phase 2 sector-specific standards (click here)

Updated Guidance for Businesses and Other Entities Providing Outdoor Adult Sports, Supervised Youth Sports Leagues and Summer Sports Camps on Mass.gov:

Full Guidance (CLICK HERE)

The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) will continue to work with the Governor's Administration and communicate with our respective memberships as updates are made available regarding the clarification and/or any relaxing of guidelines. Our staff is here to help you with any questions you may have as we continue to safely play golf.
Please visit MassGolf.org and follow @PlayMassGolf on social media for up to date information.


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