Can I play golf under new lockdown rules?

Since lockdown began on 5 January, many recreational golf players have been eagerly awaiting the reopening of courses, which shut in England and Wales as lockdown was announced.

In Scotland, recreational golf players have still been able to play in pairs – as was the case in the rest of Britain before the most recent lockdown came into effect.

And such a rule might be announced today as Prime Minister Boris Johnson reveals his roadmap for Britain’s exit from the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

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However, the reintroduction of golf is likely to actually arrive at a later date, as it is expected that there will be several staggered stages to the Prime Minister’s roadmap, with the return of recreational sport coming along the way.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said today that some outdoor sports would return on 29 March, the same date on which people will possibly be allowed to meet in groups of six or as two households.

Therefore, golf courses are expected to be reopen on that date with certain guidelines in place in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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“The simple way to look at this is that outdoor is safer and therefore we prioritise versus indoor,” Zahawi told LBC.

“Outdoor sports – tennis, golf, outdoor organised team sports, grassroots football – will go back on March 29.”

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