TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario government announced today that the province will be under a stay-at-home order effective 12:01am Thursday, April 8th. Included in this announcement is confirmation that outdoor golf courses and driving ranges can remain open.
Provincial golf bodies have been actively engaged with the Ontario government conveying the message that golf is safe and that now, more than ever, safe outdoor recreational options will be critical to ensure the physical and mental well-being of Ontarians.
The golf industry continues to be a leader in providing one of the few safe recreational outlets that are vital during these challenging times.
All Ontario golfers and facilities are required to adhere to the following mandates:
- If two riders from different households are on a cart, they must wear a mask while in the cart.
- All staff and players must stay at least 6 feet apart.
- Courses are required to have clear and consistent screening protocols.
- Pre or post game gatherings at not permitted.
- Limiting the majority of non-essential retailers to only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, and other restrictions.
- During the current Stay-At-Home Order, indoor or outdoor (patio) food service is not permitted. Facilities are allowed to proceed with pick up, take out and delivery service (including halfway hut and beverage cart service). All seating must be removed.