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:
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.