Golf clubs left scrambling after late announcement by Ministry of Youth & Sports that all sports to cease from May 7 in MCO areas

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Golf clubs in areas under the Movement Control Order (MCO) were left scrambling to make adjustments and issue notifications following this evening’s announcement by the Ministry of Youth & Sports that all sports activities will not be permitted from May 7 until further notice.

After heaving a collective sight of relief yesterday with the (apparent) green light for golf to continue in MCO areas (but with no tournaments or dine-in allowed, as stated in the updated Mandatory Standard Operating Procedures for golf clubs in MCO areas issued by the Malaysian Golf Association), affected clubs had to rush out announcements via all channels including social media to inform members and the public that they will be closed from tomorrow.

Last-minute adjustments also had to be made with management and operations staff, as well as part-timers such as caddies.

In a statement issued today, the Malaysian Golf Association noted: “As announced by Kementerian Belia Dan Sukan (KBS) today, 6th May 2021, all sport-related activities including golf in MCO districts/states shall be
temporarily suspended effective 7th May 2021 until further notice from the government. Notwithstanding, please take note that routine golf maintenance activities may still be undertaken provided that at any one time no more than 30% of the total course & maintenance staff be at the work place.

“As for states under the Conditional Movement Control Order(“CMCO”), golf related operations may resume provided MGA’S Mandatory Standard Operating Procedures (“MSOP”) are strictly complied with. Please take note that golf clubs situated in CMCO states must install Plastic Separators in buggies for twin sharing usage or alternatively, must enforce the 1 golfer per buggy if separators cannot be installed.”

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