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Golf courses in the north to close but stay open south of the border

Golf courses in the north have been ordered to close
Connla Young

Golfing chiefs have ordered the closure of all courses in the north - but facilities south of the border will stay open for the time being.

The Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union took the decision to close in Northern Ireland after the British government issued tough new guidelines in a bid to beat Coronavirus.

“In doing so, this will ensure that we get the opportunity to play the game that we all love as soon as it is safe to do so," it said.

“For security and essential maintenance purposes, greenkeeping staff can still attend work.

“All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on social (physical) distancing.

“Clubs should divide course staff into two teams where possible and if one becomes unavailable, the other team will still be okay to work.”

The statement said that golfing authorities will update their position in relation to facilities south of the border soon.

“It is anticipated that an update on the period of restriction will be made soon by the Irish government, after which we will issue an updated statement in relation to golf in the Republic of Ireland,” it said.

“You will appreciate that this is a very fluid situation with new developments almost daily.”

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