R&A offers steps for ‘Safe Golf’

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Retrieved 29 April 2020, 23:18 IST

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Measures to allow golf to be played safely in the event of a coronavirus epidemic have been submitted to the UK Government by A&A.

The nation has been under lockdown since the end of March, but research and development agencies are working with a number of organizations to plan how people can get back on track once restrictions are relaxed.

In a proposal raised Wednesday, the organizers of the Open, which has been canceled this year, have addressed five key areas for securing the golf game as a threat to protect against the virus.

The list of measures includes removing bunker racks and making drink fountains, ball washers, benches and bins accessible.

In addition, flagsticks should be removed and teasing times should be less than 10 minutes.

Clubhouses should be closed and any equipment for rent should be provided only if there are adequate ways to sanitize them before and after use.

Following the social distance guidelines, all players must stay two meters away.

The 2020 Open Championship was scheduled to begin on July 16 at the Royal St. George’s, but will now be held at the same venue next year.