Golf now allowed in MCO areas from May 8 following loosening of absolute prohibition on sports

Golf courses will now be allowed to operate in areas under the Movement Control Order (MCO), beginning tomorrow, May 8.

This follows the Ministry of Youth & Sports’ announcement that non-contact sports and recreational activities in open spaces with at least 1.5 metres physical distancing will be permitted in MCO areas.

According to the revised Mandatory Standard Operating Procedures for golf clubs in MCO areas subsequently issued by the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA), single buggy usage is mandatory and changing rooms will have to be closed. Golf tournaments will not be permitted.

The MGA noted in a statement: “Following the recent Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) and the announcement of Kementerian Belia dan Sukan today, 7th May 2021, please be informed that golfing activities are permitted to resume provided that the updated MGA’s Mandatory Standard Operating Procedures (MSOP) are adhered to, effective 8th May 2021.

“Please be further reminded that any failure and/or non-compliance of the MSOP on your part may result in the imposition of hefty fines or closure of the Golf Club/Driving Ranges or both by the relevant enforcement agencies from MKN and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“That being the case, MGA urges the Management of all Golf Clubs and Driving Ranges to continue to strictly adhere to the MSOPs and those issued by MKN and MOH. Your health and safety remain our top priority during this challenging period.”

MGA Mandatory Standard Operating Procedures for golf clubs in MCO areas:

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