Latest COVID-19 Update

May 7th, 2021

“The situation we’re in right now in Nova Scotia is very serious. Our public health staff are overwhelmed and we need to get things under control,” said Premier Rankin.

Please know that as we maneuver through this storm, some restrictions will alter and change. It is vital for the golf community to adhere to these restrictions and guidelines, do not look for loopholes and do our part to keep golf courses open, course staff and golfers safe.

Recently, there have been a number of questions relative to different areas of golf that we hope to provide some clarification on, please see below:

GOLF COURSES are primarily captured in this section of the Order:

28.2 All not-for-profit and for-profit fitness facilities, recreation and leisure businesses, and organized clubs may offer outdoor fitness classes and other recreational activities up to a maximum capacity of 5 persons, or multiple groups of 5 each on their premises, while ensuring 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance between participants.

It’s important to note that physical distance is required, unless players are all from the same household.

CART RIDING – Cart riders should be from the same household. Households of 2 or less are permitted to gather (indoors or outdoors without physical distancing) with another household of 2 or less. ONLY if both cart riders are from households of 2 or less and are consistent in that they both only gather with each other and no other households throughout the period that these restrictions are in place.

For example, someone from a household of 2 or less would not be able to share a golf cart with someone from a larger household (3 or more), nor with someone from a household of 2 or less if either of them have already chosen a different household to gather “or bubble” with.

The applicable section of the order, 13.2(b), is below:

(b) where the number of persons living in the same household is 2 persons or less, they may gather together with up to a maximum of 2 additional persons, who shall be 2 consistent persons, and they are not required to practice physical distancing.

Effective immediately, ROTATIONAL WORKERS who are returning home from outbreak zones can no longer do the modified form of self-isolation. They must self-isolate for 14 days in a completely separate space from the other people in their households, but they can share a bathroom that is cleaned between uses. Except for their mandatory COVID-19 testing, they cannot attend medical appointments unless there is an emergency.

GOLF COURSES that have restaurants and/or have all or part of the facility liquor licensed are subject to this section of the order:

24. Restaurants and liquor licensed establishments are:

(a) restricted to providing food and alcohol take-out and delivery service only;

and

(b) prohibited from offering in-person dining, except to serve guests of the hotel within which a restaurant or licensed establishment is located.

For the purposes of these restrictions, we would consider food or alcohol service on the course to be delivery service.

IN TERM OF MASKS, the following sections apply to golf courses:

18.2 All persons must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while present in a public place.

18.1 For the purpose of section 18.2, a “public place” means the part of the following places accessible to the public,

and insofar as it is outdoors:

(n) all common areas of private indoor workplaces;

(p) all serviced areas of a restaurant or a liquor licensed establishment, including their patios but excluding holes on the golf course that are licensed;

WITHIN PROVINCE TRAVEL is clearly defined with this DOCUMENT. There is are still penalties for failure to comply with this Direction.

RETAIL – Retail is closed for in-person service. The intent here is to limit people gathering and socializing in spaces that normally don’t interact. This is the case for every non-essential retail business across the province. Pro shops are limited to only facilitating the transactions needed for the round of golf or driving range. Pro shops can sell merchandise, but we ask that it align with public health advice for curbside pickup.

GOLF INSTRUCTION:

Section 14. Notwithstanding section 13.1, persons may engage in outdoor physical activity while adhering to the gathering limitations set out in section 13.2 or the gathering limitations while participating in an outdoor fitness class and other recreational or leisure activities as set out in section 28.2, and in doing so, must adhere to physical distancing requirements of 2 metres (6 feet) as set out in section 13.

28.2 All not-for-profit and for-profit fitness facilities, recreation and leisure businesses, and organized clubs may offer outdoor fitness classes and other recreational activities up to a maximum capacity of 5 persons, while ensuring 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance between participants.

BE IN THE KNOW, phone ahead, check websites, and know the protocols and restrictions in place at the golf facility that you plan to visit. Bookmark this PAGE and check it on a regular basis.

BE COGNIZANT that not all Nova Scotians play golf. The pandemic is affecting people and families differently. The NS Golfing Community is lucky to be able to continue our passion.

To view the full press release click here.

April 28th, 2021 Update

As a result of yesterday’s briefing, Premier Rankin and Dr. Strang announced additional restrictions for the province. The good news again…golf courses may remain in operation!

Please know that it is not the position, nor the intent, of the NSGA to instruct operators on how to run their respective facilities.

Please CLICK HERE for the news release.

Within Province Travel

No unnecessary travel between communities; a community is defined as the municipality where you live – people should stay as close to home as possible when accessing essential or necessary services or products.

Masking

Mandatory masking outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including playgrounds and parks. In private indoor workplaces such as offices or warehouses, masks are mandatory in all common areas, places where there is interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation, and areas where distance cannot be maintained.

Operations

Food & Beverage – Restaurants and licensed establishments are closed for dine-in service, but contactless take-out or delivery is allowed.

Lessons, Clinics & Club Fitting – Outdoor recreation activities, including individual sports, are allowed and encouraged; outdoor fitness and recreation businesses and organized clubs can operate with a maximum of five people and physical distancing. THE GOLF SECTOR IS SEEKING CLARIFICATION ON TEACHING, CLINICS, CLUB FITTING AND DRIVING RANGE OPERATIONS – UPDATE WILL BE SENT AS SOON AS WE HAVE ONE.

Pro Shop Operations – Retail stores are closed for in-person service unless those stores provide services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals. THE GOLF SECTOR IS SEEKING CLARIFICATION ON PRO SHOPS – UPDATE WILL BE SENT AS SOON AS WE HAVE ONE.

Please make yourself aware of the rules, restrictions, guidelines and protocols. CLICK HERE for this information. As mentioned previously, golf has done a wonderful job thus far weathering this storm. It is in the best interest of your business and of our industry to err on the side of caution and make safety the priority.

Thank you.