In another twist to the golf ‘on-off’ saga, the Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) has issued a statement that golf clubs in areas under the Movement Control Order (MCO) will have to close from tomorrow, May 9. This follows a directive from the Ministry of Youth & Sports to suspend all golfing activities in MCO areas.
The MGA statement reads as follows:
“As directed by the Kementerian Belia Dan Sukan (KBS), golfing activities in the MCO districts are temporarily suspended effective 9th May 2021 until further notice by the relevant authorities i.e. Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) and Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN).
“MGA deeply regrets the suspension but our health and safety remains our top priorities during this challenging period.
“Kindly be advised 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 to be at the workplace.”
On May 5, it was presumed that golf would be allowed to continue in MCO areas but under more stringent SOPs. On May 6, golf clubs were told to close from May 7 in line with a government directive to suspend all sports in MCO areas. On May 7, the loosening of restrictions on outdoor, socially-distanced non-contact sports and recreational activities saw some golf clubs reopening for business today.