Are golf courses open now in the UK? – The Sun

GOLF courses all over the UK have been closed during the coronavirus lockdown, along with most other sports.

Yet, following Boris Johnson's speech on Sunday, May 10, rules are set to be relaxed – and that includes golf courses.

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When will golf courses reopen in the UK?

There is good news for golf fans as Boris Johnson revealed Brits can go to golf courses from Wednesday, May 13, as part of the slight relaxing of lockdown rules.

His rules only apply to England – courses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are remaining closed.

Tennis and a number of other sports are also among those being welcomed in the first steps of returning to some normalcy.

But you will only be allowed to play golf with those you live with.

In his speech on May 10, Mr Johnson said: "From this Wednesday [May 13], we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.

"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your household."

The R&A clarified the position by releasing a statement saying: "The UK Government has announced that golf will be able to resume in England on Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

"All outdoor sport must be done alone or within a household group and that includes golf.

"There is no change to the current position in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and so golf courses in these countries must remain closed for now."

The golfing body added: "As a sport we must work together to resume play responsibly as and when the relevant Government determines it is safe to do so.

"We must ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved from golfers, to club staff and greenkeepers is maintained at all times.

"Golf clubs and golfers have observed the lockdown very well and must keep it up and act responsibly as play resumes."

Golf courses have been closed since the lockdown was put in place as people were forced to remain in their homes, in a bid to protect the NHS and save lives.

There had previously been calls for the sport to return before others due to its open nature.

In April, there had been pressure on the government from campaigners to let the vacant golf spaces be used by members of the public for exercise.

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Are golf courses reopening in Ireland?

Yes, golf courses are reopening again in Ireland.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, Golf Ireland has confirmed that its courses will be open on a restricted basis from May 18, 2020.

A statement released by Golf Ireland said: "In the initial stage, play will be for members only and competitions will not be permitted."

This announcement comes after the Irish government said that "some outdoor sporting activities will be allowed".

Have golf courses reopened in other countries?

Golf courses around the world are beginning to open again.

Courses in Portugal and New Zealand have already been opened.

The French Golf Federation has announced that its courses will also be re-opening on May 11, with restrictions expected to be lifted on the same day in Switzerland and Spain.

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