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Updated: Protocol for Phase 2 in Republic of Ireland

​Competitions not permitted in Phase 2 - 

  • 05 June 2020

​PLEASE NOTE: This article was updated on 6th June 2020 at 2.35pm and relates to golf in the Republic of Ireland only

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Please note: This relates to golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland only. Clubs in Northern Ireland are copied for information purposes.
 
UPDATE: COMPETITIONS NOT PERMITTED IN PHASE 2
 
On Wednesday 3 June, at their most recent meeting, the Expert Group on the Return to Sport decided, on public health grounds, that no competitive sport should take place during Phase 2 of the Irish Government’s Roadmap for the Re-Opening of the Economy and Society.
 
Following further engagement with Sport Ireland, the GUI and ILGU can confirm that this sport-wide measure means that competition activity in golf clubs in the Republic of Ireland during Phase 2 of the roadmap is not permitted.
 
Although we had indicated to Sport Ireland some weeks ago that we had intended on including competitions from Phase 2, the Expert Group has been considering Protocols on a Phase by Phase basis and this week’s meeting focused on Phase 2.
 
We are glad to confirm that the Expert Group has approved the Unions’ proposal to allow four-balls in Phase 2.
 
As has been the case since the beginning of the public health emergency, we will continue to engage intensively with Sport Ireland and the Government and we will continue to update and inform golf clubs on any new developments as this fluid situation evolves.


Phase 2 will commence on June 8th

Four-balls allowed at 14 minute intervals

UPDATED PROTOCOL AVAILABLE HERE: Protocol_Phase2_5th June.pdf

Following the government confirming this week that Phase 2 can commence under the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, the GUI and ILGU have reconfirmed details of how golf will operate from June 8th.​

Golf 's Protocol, in Phase 2, has been relaxed slightly to permit clubs to include four-balls on their timesheets.

Outdoor group activities can also resume during this phase and the process of reintroducing junior activity to golf clubs is included in the updated Protocol.

The Protocol sets out the basis on which golf can be played in a safe manner, during Phase 2 of the Government's Roadmap. Golfers are expected to observe the underlying public health guidance, including travel restrictions, set out at: www.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and www.gov.ie​. These rules are subject to change and golfers are asked to check www.golfnet.ie​ regularly for updates.

As we enter Phase 2 of the phased re-introduction of golf, there remains a major responsibility on golf clubs and golfers to ensure that our sport is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Full adherence to the provisions of this Protocol is absolutely essential. Golf is in the very privileged position to have been allowed to resume at this stage and this return has been based on the sport being able to demonstrate to government that it can take place in a safe, socially distant manner.

The ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency remains our primary concern and overriding priority. The Unions acknowledge the tremendous efforts of all frontline workers which has allowed golf and society in general to consider this gradual return to normal life.


UPDATED PROTOCOL AVAILABLE HERE: Protocol_Phase2_5th June.pdf