AUGUSTA – It’s news Maine golfers have been waiting all month for. Golf is back.
Starting Friday, Maine golf courses will be open to the public. The re-opening of courses falls under Stage 1 of Gov. Janet Mills’ four stage plan to restart Maine’s economy.
“It’s exciting that it’s a sport that can be played when a lot of sports right now can’t be played,” Maine State Golf Association executive director, Brian Bickford, said.
“It was a long time coming I don’t think it should have ever happened I don’t think that golf is one of those danger sports or danger activities but it is what it is and better safe than sorry I guess, but now it’s time to move on,” Dunegrass golf club owner, Domenic Pugliares, said.
Disc golf, hunting and fishing will also be permitted.
In order to open courses will need to work with the Department of Economic and Community Development to implement measures that protect workers and employees.
Accommodations may be as simple as closing break rooms, providing flexible working hours, employee training and installing plexiglass shields, or as complex as adjusting a business’ sales process and reducing occupancy to ensure employee and customer safety.
These accommodations may be as simple as closing break rooms, providing flexible working hours, employee training, and installing plexiglass shields, or as complex as adjusting a business’ sales process and reducing occupancy to ensure employee and customer safety.
The collaboration between courses and the DECD will result in what will be known as a COVID-19 Prevention Checklist. The lists will outline the best practices for courses related to physical distancing, hygiene, personal protection, and maintenance of clean workplaces, among others.
Once complete, the checklists will then undergo a review process including from government officials, health experts, and industry representatives. After the review process, courses will be provided a badge to post on their business door or website, their names will also be posted on the DECD website and they will be allowed to open.
The Maine State Golf Association says will be unveiling a new “Park, Play & Go Home,” initiative soon and that a list of safety measures and procedures for golfers will be provided soon.