SCGA COVID-19 Updates

SCGA's Governmental Affairs Department is responsible for ensuring that golf is represented at all levels of government. SCGA worked tirelessly to position golf alongside parks, beaches, walking/hiking trails, ball fields and playgrounds as an activity particularly amenable to the social distancing and common touch point controls embedded in all versions of state and county health orders. The effort proved fruitful as golf was literally the first activity restored to the lives of Southern Californians. SCGA will continue to remain vigilant as we deal with a pandemic that is not yet over. The latest update is below. An archive of previous updates can be found here.

2:00 PM Thursday June 18

Governor Issues Statewide Order re Face Coverings

Governor Newsom has just issued (1:00 PM Thursday June 18) a statewide order requiring all Californians to wear face coverings under certain conditions. Taken directly from the Governor’s order are the “high-risk” situations in which everyone must wear face coverings:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space.
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank.
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle.
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public.
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time.
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others.
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities.
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible

Given the conflicts among the counties on this subject, this is one instance where adoption of a one-size-fits-all standard should go a long way toward answering the large volume of questions golfers and golf facilities have about whether face coverings are required and when required, under precisely what circumstances.

The full order contains information about definitions and exceptions. To read the order click here.

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We think it likely that Los Angeles County will as soon as tomorrow issue an updated health order re golf that will incorporate by reference this statewide directive re face coverings along with a series of relaxations re group events, group teaching, tournaments, reservations, in-house dining, retail, and practice areas. We will report as soon as the order is updated.

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