By The Canadian Press on March 25, 2020.
The National Allied Golf Associations issued a statement on Wednesday asking its member courses to follow the guidelines laid out by Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and other public officials.
NAGA said in its statement that it supports the ongoing maintenance of courses but otherwise clubs should observe restrictions put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The statement comes three days after Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum told The Canadian Press that amateur golfers should stay home during the pandemic.
When the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour – which had already cancelled most of its events on the Asian leg of its circuit – cancelled or postponed events at all levels of competition.
Golf Canada is likely to cancel or postpone all of its official events and training camps up to mid-May in an effort to protect its players and staff.
Many amateur golfers, however, continued to play where weather allowed because of the relatively solitary nature of golf.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 25, 2020.
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