Massachusetts golf is set to enter Phase II of its re-opening plan which will allow for driving ranges and practice areas to be used, as well as, clubhouses and pro shops to open.
Phase II goes into effect on Monday, June 8.
“These workplace safety standards for Golf Facilities are posted in advance to the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow operators of golf courses time to prepare for reopening in compliance with these mandatory standards. Golf courses have operated in a limited fashion since May 7, 2020. Golf Facilities may not expand their operations until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan. The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data,” writes Mass Golf.
The announcement of Phase II comes a couple of weeks after Massachusetts Golf Executive Director Jesse Menachem called for the game to be considered an “essential business.”
Massachusetts was the last state in the U.S. to open for golf, or at least announce plans to open for golf.
Highlights of Phase II are as follows:
- Clubhouse, pro shop, and other common areas will reopen
- Require at least 12 minutes between group tee times
- Driving Ranges and Practice Areas
- Use of driving range, putting green and other practice facilities must follow social distancing protocols and must require use of masks or face coverings
- Modify driving range hitting areas to ensure a minimum 6-feet of separation between players
- Hole liners must be raised or otherwise adjusted so that players do not reach into the hole to retrieve a ball
- Pro shops: must follow sector-specific standards for retail stores (click here)
- Restaurants: follow Phase 2 sector-specific standards (click here)