The Rhode Island Golf Association (RIGA) announced that it has canceled all events through May 15 due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus.
According to RIGA, the intention is to reschedule each one.
“This is a serious time we are in and we tried to wait as long as we could since our season starts later than most Associations. But at this point, we know it is the right thing to do for the safety and well-being of everyone in Rhode Island. Based on strong recommendations from the nation’s best health experts and organizations,” writes RIGA in a statement.
RIGA adds that events after May 15 will be made once the date gets closer.
As of Monday, April 6, there are more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus in Rhode island.
Golf Courses Remain Open
As of Monday, April 6 Governor Gina Raimondo is allowing golf courses to remain open.
RIGA offers the following guidelines for playing golf during the coronavirus:
- Should provide workers with protective gloves and any other sanitizing materials
- Should clean all touchable areas heavily with disinfectant. (Examples: carts and flagsticks)
- Must follow Rhode Island’s directives relating to food and beverage service at their club until told otherwise (Example: through March 30, there will be no on-site food consumption. Takeout and delivery food options are still available.)
- Should consider creating more space between groups in tee sheet to avoid overcrowding.
- Should consider creating a touchless interaction (pay online or with credit card and no cash)
- Should consider ways to avoid touching anything on the golf course (removing flagsticks, bunker rakes, divot mix boxes, ball washers, raise cup liners or use an object that keeps ball above surface when holed)
- Should sanitize all carts before and after use
- Should keep a minimum of six feet between others no matter the situation, avoiding contact with others (handshakes, etc.)
- Anyone who has symptoms or is sick from COVID-19 must stay away from their club at all times
- Shouldn’t pick up any golf balls they find that are not theirs and should not touch flagsticks or any other objects on the course
- Should only touch their own clubs