CMASA'S 2nd RESPONSE TO “NATIONAL STATE OF DISASTER” - COVID-19
As indicated in our correspondence dated 16 March 2020 government directives and regulations to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus will change rapidly and continuously.
In light of the latest regulations announced by the Minister, and published last night in the government Gazette, we have solicited a legal opinion to ensure the actions and measures that Clubs implement are lawful, appropriate and remain in-line with government and WHO prescripts.
The measures, we advise all clubs to implement include:
- All measures as per CMASA’s and WCGCMA’s directive published 15 March 2020 - Click Here to view.
- The additional measures proposed in the memorandum from Cluver Markotter Inc. (Click Here to View) can be summed up as follows:
- The clubhouse, including all other facilities at Clubs where liquor is sold and/or consumed, must close at 18:00 from Monday to Saturday and at 13:00 on Sundays and Public holidays.
- The maximum amount of people that are at any one time in the clubhouse, or any other facility where liquor is sold and/or consumed, must be limited to 50.
- Should your club have facilities where you serve and or consume no liquor, i.e. conference rooms, outdoor areas, etc. the maximum amount of people that are permitted to congregate, assemble or gather be limited to 100.
- Keep you golf course open for play but use a “one-tee start” and advise players your clubhouse will not be open after 18:00 or after 13:00 as applicable.
A conservative approach should be taken when interpreting these regulations. Err on the side of caution. This will be in line with the spirit of the regulations which aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In most countries that are substantially ahead of SA on the “curve”, indicate that golf is a recommended way of getting some physical exercise. The following excerpt is from a letter the Chairman of the PGA of Japan wrote to their international counterparts:
“Japan is about 3 weeks ahead with the outbreak. Children were taken out of schools and those who can were asked to stay home. However, since COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, it’s time to consider how to move forward. A few days ago, Prime Minister Abe encouraged people to go outdoors to walk or engage in physical activity. Golf driving ranges and golf courses are very busy now. I believe golf is one of the few sports that, if taken the right precautions, can be played safely without fear of contraction" . - Massy Kuramoto (Chairman, PGA of Japan)
We’re seeing the same message from the USA and other countries.
For all CMASA information, briefs and resources on COVID-19, Click Here