Melbourne golfers are breathing a sigh of relief tonight after Golf Australia confirmed the sport can continue to operate under the state’s strict new Stage 3 lockdown laws set to be enforced from 11.59pm on Wednesday, July 8.

The sport’s governing body confirmed the good news via a short statement on its website Tuesday night, hours after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addressed the nation to reveal the critical measures put in place to counter a concerning spike in COVID-19 cases across the Greater Melbourne region.

Andrews said there would be some differences to this stay-at-home order compared to the one imposed on Victorians earlier this year, affecting more than 5 million people.

Golf Australia, meanwhile, confirmed it will seek further clarification around the conditions that will allow golf to continue to be played safely under the new measures.

“The Victorian Government has announced the tightening of restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm on Wednesday the 8th of July,” the GA statement reads.

“Golf is an outdoor activity that will be allowed to continue under these restrictions, subject to conditions. Golf Australia is currently in discussion with the Victorian Government to clarify these conditions as they apply to the playing of golf and club/facility operations.

“More information as it comes to hand.”

Earlier, Victorian Premier Andrews released the following statement ahead of a national press conference to confirm the tightening of restrictions:

Australian Golf Digest will provide further information on the status of golf in Melbourne as it comes to hand.