What does the government’s coronavirus restriction (which now includes Tier 4) mean for your round?Steve Carroll explains
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new coronavirus restriction in the light of the rapidly growing new Covid-19 mutant. Now we are all asking, “Can I play golf at Tier 4?”
You may already be accustomed to the concept of tiers, but the latest measures announced by the government came into effect in parts of the United Kingdom from 6 am on December 20th.
The Covid alert level (or tier) determines what applies to you and your club in the UK: Tier 1: Medium Alert, Tier 2: High Alert, Tier 3: Very High Alert, and Tier 4: Going Out. It is labeled as a ban.
So what layer is your golf club in and how does this affect you? Let’s take a look at them.
What applies to all layers?
Golf courses can be opened at all levels according to their respective relevant social contact rules.
What is the difference in Tier 1?
The rule of 6 people applies. This means that groups of more than 6 people may not interact indoors or outdoors unless legal exemptions apply.
Hospitality companies that sell food and drink for consumption on the premises should only provide table service to alcoholic facilities that close between 11 pm and 5 am. You must also stop accepting orders after 10 pm.
Following the six rules, you can continue your organized outdoor sports, physical activity, and exercise classes as well as indoor sports. There are exceptions to indoor sports for the disabled, educational sports, supervised sports under the age of 18, and physical activity, which can occur when larger groups are mixed.
PGA confirms that coaching is done outdoors. Following the 6 rules of indoor coaching means a coach and up to 5 coaches.
If you embark on a golf trip, live in a Tier 1 area and travel to a higher tier, you must follow the rules of that area while you are there. Avoid traveling or staying in the Tier 3 area unless absolutely necessary. You can travel to such areas as part of a longer journey.
What is the difference between Tier 2?
In an indoor environment, you cannot interact with people who do not live with you or participate in the support bubble. Also, groups of 6 or more cannot interact.
Pubs and bars should be closed unless they are operated as restaurants. Hospitality facilities can only serve alcohol with a good meal.
Outdoor sports can continue, but organized indoor sports, physical activity, and exercise classes can only be avoided (or share a support bubble) with people who do not live together. Allowed. Exceptions to indoor sports for the disabled, educational sports, supervised sports under the age of 18 and physical activity continue to apply.
According to England Golf’s advice, coaching is allowed outdoors and one-on-one coaching can be done indoors. Coaching groups in the same household, or bubbles, can also be done indoors.
You can continue your trip to open venues and amenities, but you should aim to reduce the number of trips if possible.
If you live in a Tier 2 area, you must follow Tier 2 rules when traveling to a Tier 1 area. As with Tier 1, avoid traveling or staying in Tier 3 areas unless absolutely necessary.
What is the difference between Tier 3?
Do not meet people who do not live with you or participate in the support bubble socially indoors or most outdoors. Also, do not interact in groups of 6 or more in other outdoor public spaces. Sports Facilities”.
Hospitality facilities such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed, but take-away, click-and-collect, drive-through and delivery services are still allowed.
Leisure and sports facilities are still open, but group exercise classes such as fitness and dance should not be advanced.
Organized outdoor sports can continue, but do not engage in high-risk contact activities. With the exception of Tier 1 and Tier 2, organized indoor sports cannot be held.
Coaching can be done outdoors, but people should avoid high-risk contact activities. According to England Golf’s advice, one-on-one coaching can be done indoors, but group coaching from the same bubble or household can also be done indoors.
You can continue your trip to open venues and facilities, but you should aim to reduce the number of trips as much as possible.
Also, avoid traveling to other parts of the UK, including overnight stays, unless necessary. This includes work, education and treatment.
Can I play golf at Tier 4?
The Tier 4 area, announced in response to the rapidly growing cases of the new Covid-19 variant in London, southeastern and parts of eastern England, is subject to much more stringent restrictions.
However, golf courses are listed among companies and venues that can continue to operate in accordance with Covid-19’s safe guidelines.
According to gov.uk’s guidance, indoor gyms and sports facilities will be closed, but golf courses will be “for personal exercise and for people to use with others in your home or bubble. It can be left open for support or use with people in another household. “
England Golf has confirmed that it means that courses in the Tier 4 area can be played in the following formats:
- Individual play
- Two balls from the same or different households / bubbles
- 3 or 4 balls involving people from the same household / bubble
When it comes to travel, those who need to do so “stay local, avoid traveling outside the village, town, or part of the city in which you live, and strive to reduce the overall number of trips. Should be “.
You can leave home and spend some time or exercise outdoors. “This should be done as locally as possible, but you can travel short distances within the Tier 4 area if needed (for example, to access open spaces).”
Guidance does not leave the Tier 4 area except for legally permitted reasons, such as working from home, traveling for education and long-term care responsibilities, or visiting a support bubble (or childcare). Attend a bubble for childcare) and hospitals, GPs or other medical appointments.
He added that he should not travel to Tier 4 regions from other parts of the UK except for legally permitted reasons. Also, unless permitted by law, you may not stay overnight on holidays or away from your home base.
For those in the Tier 4 region who booked a golf trip, the advice is crystal. “This means that vacations in the UK and abroad are not allowed.”
Hospitality facilities such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must be closed except for take-out (until 11:00 pm), click-and-collect, drive-through, or food and beverage offerings for delivery.
In a statement, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf added: “Under Tier 4 restrictions, non-essential retailers, including pro shops and golf retailers, must be closed, but click-and-collect is permitted.
“Outdoor coaching is permitted on an individual basis or for multiple members or support bubbles in the same household. Indoor coaching is not permitted.
“There are exceptions to indoor sports for the disabled, educational sports, supervised sports under the age of 18 and physical activity, which can occur when larger groups are mixed.
“Custom fittings can be done outdoors one-on-one, but are not allowed indoors.
“Some golf courses can be categorized as indoor settings, but each facility must read and interpret the guidelines for their venue. If confirmation is required, contact the local government for advice. recommend to. “
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