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Coronavirus Kent: Courses across the county are closed with immediate effect following the government's emergency legislation

Golf courses are now closed too following the announcement of a national lockdown on Monday night.

All of Kent’s main clubs were open to members up until the government’s decision last night to restrict the movement of its citizens.

The setting sun at Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club on Monday night, taken by club professional Chris Weston (32273134)
The setting sun at Sittingbourne & Milton Regis Golf Club on Monday night, taken by club professional Chris Weston (32273134)

Golf was one of the last sporting activities left for people to play in public since the outbreak of coronavirus, although competitions had already been put on hold.

England Golf, amateur game’s governing body, released a statement on Monday night, saying: “Following on from the Prime Minister’s statement tonight (23 March), golf clubs, courses and facilities in England must now close.

“It is England Golf’s position that this deeply regrettable, but highly necessary and responsible course of action must be implemented with immediate effect and be maintained until further notice.

“The government has identified an urgent need to introduce new restrictions on public life and on non-essential businesses opening their doors.

“This has been done to limit the spread of the coronavirus and relieve the growing pressure on our National Health Service.

“Keeping golf courses open is simply no longer compatible with the updated policy of government which is designed to save lives in a time of national emergency.

“The health and wellbeing of the nation is the only consideration that matters at this moment in our history.

“These are incredibly testing times for the country. The golf industry cannot be shielded from the economic and social ramifications caused by this temporary shutdown of normal life.

“We would like to assure the golfing community that England Golf staff will continue to work remotely with all affiliated golfers, clubs and counties to try and minimise the damage caused by this suspension of regular golf club life."

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