Wales Golf COVID-19
Page last updated 6th August 2021
Wales will move to alert level zero at 6 am on 7 August, following the latest review of the coronavirus regulations in Wales.
Please note, clubs MUST conduct a thorough risk assessment and should consult with their Local Authority Environmental Health and Safety Department and insurance provider when making any changes.
At alert level zero:
- There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events
- Premises which are open to the public and workplaces will have more flexibility about which reasonable measures they take to minimise the risk of coronavirus. But these should be tailored to their risk assessment and their specific circumstances. Reasonable measures are defined by each premises in their risk assessment, and guidance is available below.
- Face coverings will not be a legal requirement in hospitality settings where food and drink is served, but will continue to be required in most indoor public places such as professional shops, locker rooms, public transport.
- 7 August (from 00.01am), adults who are fully vaccinated and children and young people under 18, will no longer need to isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone who has coronavirus.
- Everyone must continue to isolate for 10 days if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they have a positive test result.
The Welsh Government press release is here
Summary of what you must do at alert level 0 is here
Alert level 0: guidance for employers, businesses and organisations is here
Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
Taking reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to public guidance can be found here
Guidance and a template to help you carry out the required premises or workplace COVID-19 risk assessment can be found here.
Wales Golf Updated Guidance can be found here.
An update to Wales Golf and Golf Industry Guidelines
Following the First Minister’s announcement on 14th July 2021, Wales will be moving fully into Alert Level 1 COVID-19 restrictions and will also take its first steps into Alert Level Zero from Saturday 17th July. We, therefore, are now in a position to ease the Wales Golf guidance for clubs in Wales.
Please note, clubs MUST conduct a thorough risk assessment when implementing any changes (see below), and should consult with their health & safety advisor and insurance provider when making any changes.
The following changes will be made from Saturday 17th July:
- Scoring in Stroke Play (Rule 3.3b) – the provisions of Rule 3.3b apply where the player’s score is kept on his or her scorecard by a marker. Certification of the scorecard by the marker and by the player should occur, as per the guidelines of Rule 3.3b(2).
- Flagsticks – There will no longer be a requirement to leave the flagstick in the hole at all times.
- Hole, and Definition of Holed – Coronavirus related changes to the definition of a hole and when the ball is holed are now removed.
- Rakes – Preferred lies in bunkers will no longer be permissible, and bunkers should no longer be made ground under repair, so it is recommended that rakes are returned to the course.
- On-Course Furnishings – Course furnishings such as ball washers, benches, bins etc. can be in use on the course.
- Social Distancing – The regulations will no longer give particular prominence to 2 metre physical distancing outdoors.
Shared use of buggies
The current advice from Welsh Government and Public Health Wales is that the regulations will no longer give particular prominence to 2-metre physical distancing (outdoors only) at Alert Level Zero.
If club’s wish to allow shared buggy use, a risk assessment process will need to take place. Mitigating circumstances could include a Perspex screen, and/or driver and passenger remaining in the same place throughout the round of golf. All buggies should be thoroughly sanitised before and after each use.
Additions to your current Risk Assessment
Touching items such as flagsticks and rakes can increase the risk of transmitting the virus unless the decontamination processes are adhered to rigorously. Therefore, clubs should provide regular hand sanitiser stations on the golf course, and golfers should be reminded to bring their own hand sanitiser.
Clubs should also provide guidance to golfers, including that before touching on course items, any gloves should be removed and hands should be sanitised. After touching an on-course item, hands should be sanitised again. In addition, the items should be cleaned regularly.
If the public health situation allows, Wales will move fully into an Alert Level Zero from 7 August. Further details including the update Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert Level Zero can be found here.
Full Welsh Government update can be read here.
Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (14 July 2021)