In a statement published on the Golf Australia website, the country’s ruling golfing body said: “We look forward to scheduling event opportunities for every level of golfer to enhance their experiences and engagement in the sport, and to showcase the game.
“We are excited to have events commence. However, we must be vigilant in ensuring our events adhere to Government advice and remain a safe and healthy environment for competitors, and the host club and GA staff.”
GA will operate at each event a series of measures which ensure all requirements of the specific state government are adhered to. It is likely these measures will change from time to time as state government requirements evolve. These measures may include matters regarding practice arrangements, event catering, and presentations; limitations on carts, caddies and spectators; and differing draw formats.
Social distancing will need to be maintained at all times, including:
- Keeping 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible;
- Refraining from any contact after the round with playing partners (shaking hands, bumping elbows, hugging, kissing, etc)
- Practicing good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene.
GA will remind players that if they are unwell, they should stay at home. Additionally, if players are in an at-risk category, they should consider whether contesting an event is necessary.
Players are also strongly encouraged to download the Covid Safe mobile app.
As restrictions are eased, the above processes will be modified based on the restrictions in place at the time of the event.
The GA website – https://www.golf.org.au/ – also outlines the Return to Play processes in each State: https://www.golf.org.au/plans-for-the-return-of-play/