Golf is a popular pastime for many in the UK and beyond With the release of the first national lockdown this summer, golf courses were among the first establishments to host new people

New restrictions have been put in place, such as staggered departures, limited groups and social distancing measures

However, a second wave of coronavirus has led the government to announce a new lockdown in England

The lockdown will go into place from Thursday 5 November and will last for four weeks

This announcement has left people wondering if the golf courses will reopen or if they will have to close

The government has announced that some businesses and locations are expected to close when the measures take effect on Thursday

The guide reads: “To reduce social contact, the government has ordered some businesses and places to close

“This includes: indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, recreation centers and gymnasiums, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centers, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centers, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks “

CEO Jeremy Tomlinson said: “England Golf is working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf to review the details and establish the exact restrictions on golf clubs and their facilities as information becomes available

People who love the sport have since taken to social media to share their reactions to the golf course closures

“Playing in pairs is certainly as safe as taking someone from another household outside for a walk, which is allowed

Another wrote: “Golf courses to close You book online You go to the course You play in a field You go home

A third added: “There is absolutely no scientific evidence that anyone has caught COVID while playing golf, especially considering new protocols like leaving the pin

“Please, please, hold on! When it comes to wellness, golf is clear through the ages”

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