Golfers across Victoria are bracing for a week-long ban from the fairways following the state government’s announcement of seven-day lockdown starting at midnight tonight (Thursday, May 27).

Acting Premier James Merlino announced the “circuit-breaker” lockdown will be enforced after Victoria’s active COVID-19 cluster climbed to 26 cases on Thursday morning.

In a statement on its website, golf’s governing body Golf Australia confirmed golf facilities will be forced to close for the duration of the snap-lockdown.

Golf Australia’s statement reads:

“As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates. 

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important topic.

7-Day Circuit Breaker Lockdown Following the announcement by the Acting Premier today, the 27th of May, all Victorian Golf Facilities must close from 11.59pm today until 11.59pm on Thursday, the 3rd of June.

An overview of restrictions announced today can be found here.

Further information will be communicated via this channel, the Golf Australia website and the Golf Australia – VIC Facebook page as it comes to hand.

Takeaway Food & Beverage Takeaway food and beverage can be served to those within 5km of your facility. Masks must be worn in all settings unless a person has a lawful reason not to.

Essential Maintenance Staff The Victorian government has confirmed that authorised work includes maintaining a facility that cannot be shut done without loss or damage to plant and equipment. Work should only be those activities that are necessary to prevent that damage or loss. Therefore, please ensure that maintenance is kept to essential tasks only.

While there is no requirement, clubs and facilities may wish to provide a letter to staff identifying them as authorised workers.

Face Masks All people, staff and general public, must wear a mask at your facility, both indoors and outdoors, unless they have a lawful exemption. 

Golf Australia contact: If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact John Stamp, Club & Facility Support Manager – Victoria, on 0418 395 140 or [email protected].

PGA of Australia contact: If PGA members require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Barker, Senior State Manager on (03) 8320 1911 or [email protected]

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