Mass Golf Issues Statement Regarding COVID-19 - MASSGOLF

mass golf issues STATEMENT regarding COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 12, 2020

*Further updates below

Mass Golf is monitoring the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation very closely as the health, safety and well-being of our community is the priority. During extraordinary times, such as the current global pandemic, Mass Golf will be guided in decision making with the information provided by public health and government authorities.

In light of the continued conversations surrounding the fluidity of COVID-19, Mass Golf will continue to operate a normal business schedule and will evaluate all events, meetings, seminars and gatherings in the coming weeks.  We remain in close communication with host facilities and will stress best practices and guidelines as recommended by those public health and government authorities.

As we near the active season, Mass Golf will continue to update the membership on any and all adjustments to schedules and operations through our website and other electronic resources.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Mass Golf office at 774-430-9100 or ccarmignani@massgolf.org.

We hope that everyone will follow the advice of the CDC and our local health authorities to lessen the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

 


Updated April 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM

EMERGENCY ORDER EXTENDED

Governor Charlie Baker has issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical  workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. Governor Baker’s order has been extended until May 4.

Per the updated COVID-19 Essential Service FAQ website, golf operations and playing golf at a Massachusetts golf course, country club or facility is still not permitted as of Wednesday, April 1st at noon until Monday, May 4th at noon.

“Are golf courses considered essential?  NO”

Golf Course Maintenance is still permitted per the Essential Services List.

“The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) is a trusted advocate for the golf community in Massachusetts and is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our golfers, clubs and facilities, staff and volunteers, as well as every person in communities where we live, work and play. We are in daily contact with the other New England Golf Organizations as well as various National Golf Organizations as we continue to navigate and manage the best path forward for our industry during the COVID-19 era.

AMGO has successfully worked with Governor Charlie Baker’s office to allow for golf course maintenance to continue during these temporary closures so they’ll be ready for operations in the near future. We all share the same goal of returning to recreational normalcy, when clubs and facilities can welcome golfers back to the tee. In order to achieve this, we ask that the people in the Massachusetts golf community work through this together in a respectful and responsible way by following the protocols of the CDC, WHO and local health officials.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding of the Governor’s Executive Orders that have been implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

 


Updated March 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM

GOLF LISTED AS NON-ESSENTIAL

Mass Golf and the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) serve as advocates and a resource for the golf industry in Massachusetts.

Per the updated COVID-19 Essential Service FAQ website, golf operations and playing golf at a Massachusetts golf course, country club or facility is not permitted as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon.

“Are golf courses considered essential?  NO”

As per our previous email, golf course and facility maintenance is still allowed per the landscaping guidance provided by Mark Fuller, Undersecretary of Business Growth Development at Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development at Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 


Updated March 25, 2020 at 12:30 PM

GUIDANCE FROM GOVERNOR BAKER’S ADMINISTRATION

Mass Golf and the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) serve as advocates and a resource for the golf industry in Massachusetts.

As if 11:18 AM today, Mark Fuller, Undersecretary of Business Growth at Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development at Commonwealth of Massachusetts, provided guidance regarding landscaping (i.e. golf course maintenance as described in AMGO’s letter sent on 3/24/20) and confirmed via email that the Governor’s Administration will be adding it to the COVID-19 Essential Service FAQ.

“In short, landscaping (i.e golf course maintenance can continue as an essential service but all businesses and companies involved in landscaping should adhere to social distancing protocols for workers and customers in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health.”

 


Updated March 24, 2020 at 5:20 PM

FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON THE EXECUTIVE ORDER

Mass Golf and the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations (AMGO) serve as advocates and a resource for the golf industry in Massachusetts.

Further clarification on the Governor’s Executive Orders from Bob Antia, ESF-5 Business and Industry Team Lead at Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

  • Golf courses and facilities are not on the essential services list and must shut down operations. This includes golf operations staff as well as golfers not being allowed to play golf.
  • Golf courses and facilities wishing to continue maintenance during the shutdown period must contact their local Health Department and/or local Government Officials for approvals. A listing of contacts for local health departments can be found through the link below.

Directory of Local Health Departments

AMGO was formed as an industry wide collaborative effort to assist the golf community and does not have any authority over golf course or facility operations in the Commonwealth.

 


Updated March 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM

MASS GOLF AND OTHER ALLIED GOLF ORGANIZATIONS OF MASSACHUSETTS SEND LETTER TO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

Mass Golf, a member of the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations, is working to gain further clarification on aspects of the Executive Order that are ambiguous. At minimum, a request has been sent to the Governor’s office for an exemption around the maintenance of golf courses in the commonwealth.  We hope that they will view this request as an essential service as many other states have already done.  Please take the time to read the letter in the link below and share it with those that may be able to carry the message along.

Letter 2 to the Governor’s Office – Golf Course Maintenance

 


Updated March 20, 2020 at 9:30 AM

MASS GOLF AND OTHER ALLIED GOLF ORGANIZATIONS OF MASSACHUSETTS SEND LETTER TO GOVERNOR’S OFFICE 

Mass Golf, a member of the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations sent a request to the Governor’s office for an exemption around the non-essential services list and for golf courses in the commonwealth to remain open for play in following the CDC and WHO published guidelines.  Please take the time to read the letter in the link below and share it with those that may be able to carry the message along.

Letter 1 to Governor’s Office – Allowing Courses To Remain Open Following Guidelines

 


Updated March 19, 2020 at 5:45 PM

MASS GOLF AND OTHER ALLIED GOLF ORGANIZATIONS OF NEW ENGLAND/NORTHEAST SERVE AS A RESOURCE FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Visit massgolf.org/covid19 for more information

Press Release

 


Updated March 18, 2020 at 3:15 PM

MASS GOLF EVENTS UPDATES

Cancellations

  • World Handicap System Seminar – 3/20/20 – Franklin CC – Canceled
  • Rules Seminar – 4/6/20 – Franklin CC – Canceled
  • Rules Seminar – 4/8/20 – Black Rock CC – Canceled
  • Volunteer Recruitment Seminar – 4/19/20 – Thorny Lea GC – Canceled
  • Volunteer Recruitment Seminar – 4/25/20 – Cyprian Keyes – Canceled

 

Future Events

All events during April and May will be further evaluated as we receive more information from the government and health authorities.

  • Spring Teams – Begin 4/23/20 – Canceled
  • Member Days – Begin 4/27/20 – Currently Scheduled to be Played
  • Championships – Begin 5/4/20 – Currently Scheduled to be Played
  • USGA Qualifiers – Begin 5/4/20 – The USGA has canceled local (first stage) qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open and qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open in their current forms. (3/17/20)
  • Tournaments – Begin 5/18/20 – Currently Scheduled to be Played

 

First Tee of Massachusetts

Staying in contact with The First Tee National Office, the First Tee of Massachusetts has made adjustments to the upcoming scheduled programming.

  • Springfield – Winter Program – Canceled
  • PGATSS – Suspended for 30 Days
  • Hyannis – Spring Program – Postponed until after May 3
  • Brockton – Suspended for 30 Days, Postponed until after May 3
  • Links – Suspended for 30 Days, Postponed until after May 3
  • Cranberry Valley – Closed, Will Open Based On School Notice
  • Coaches Level 1 Training – Moved to a Future Date, TBD