Allow golf to be played with appropriate safety measures

The Government should allow golf courses to remain open during the second lockdown, and any future restrictions. Shops and clubhouses can close, but courses should be allowed to remain open, with social distancing in place.

132,710 Signatures

Status: Open
Opened: 6 Nov 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Last 24 hours signatures : 1
Estimated Final Signatures: 148,777

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31/10/2020 - Petitions

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22/11/2020 - Petitions

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5. Reopening businesses and venues in England
24/02/2021 - Cabinet Office
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Found: Details England is still in a national lockdown. You must stay at home, leaving only where permitted

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Allow golf to be played with appropriate safety measures

1. Covid-19: Restrictions on Gyms and Sport
23/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: the new call list system and ensure that social distancing can be respected. Members should sanitise - Speech Link
2: e-petitions 333869 and 309851, relating to Covid-19 restrictions on gyms and sport.It is an honour to - Speech Link

2. Spring 2021 Covid-19 Road Map
22/03/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: arrangements. Timings of debates have been amended to allow technical arrangements to be made for the next debate - Speech Link
2: on an incredibly important issue: the easing of lockdown in the country. Collectively, the five petitions - Speech Link

3. Public Health
04/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020 - Speech Link
2: Northern Ireland, churches have been able to remain open through the use of masks and hands, face, space - Speech Link
3: in all reality, if we approve this package of measures tonight, we have a very good prospect of allowing - Speech Link

4. Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020
04/11/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Minister explained things very clearly in the other place. The R number is above one in every part of England - Speech Link

5. Social Distancing: 2 Metre Rule
15/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: spread of coronavirus, the Government have put in place social distancing guidance. The guidance specifies - Speech Link
2: and publish it in good time for the reopening of shops and other businesses today.Let me be clear: - Speech Link
3: only for what he did in his previous roles in Government but for the work he is doing now as Chair of - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Allow golf to be played with appropriate safety measures
1. Shops: Social Distancing
asked by: Fabian Hamilton
17/07/2020
... whether the Government monitors compliance with social distancing in shops.

2. Industrial Health and Safety: Social Distancing
asked by: Stella Creasy
17/06/2020
... how many people categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable during the covid-19 outbreak have continued working in their place of work during the outbreak; and what steps he is taking to support that group of people in the workplace.

3. Health and Safety Executive: Social Distancing
asked by: Justin Madders
11/05/2020
... what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the resources available to the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that social distancing measures in work places are complied with during the covid-19 outbreak.

4. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Social Distancing
asked by: Grahame Morris
18/06/2020
... what guidance on covid-19 social distancing measures his Department complied with when deciding on the steps to take prior to asking staff who have been working at home during the covid-19 outbreak to return to work in the office.

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The risk of Covid transmission is lower outdoors, so there is no reason for golf to be stopped. It provides important exercise for many people and has numerous mental health benefits. Don’t allow golf to be stopped.


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Sport is crucial for our mental and physical health. That’s why we have continued to make sure that people can exercise. Given the seriousness of the current situation golf courses have had to close.


The importance of sport and physical activity, including golf, for the nation’s physical and mental health has never been more apparent. They are a powerful defence against the covid-19 pandemic, and we will need to raise levels of fitness among the population as we prepare to return to our normal lives, now the vaccination programme has begun.

No government would want to be in a position of needing to close sports facilities including golf courses. Golf has great reach across society as people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can take part in the game; it brings people together to experience the outdoors and enjoy nature. Golf courses were one of the first sports facilities to be reopened following the initial lockdown and they were also able to stay open in the local tiered restrictions, including tier 4. However, the current spread of the virus risks the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed. This is something we cannot allow to happen and is why the current national lockdown was introduced.

The current restrictions are designed to get the R rate under control through limiting social contact and reducing transmissions. All decisions made by the Government relating to the pandemic and sport have been based on advice and guidance from health and scientific experts.

During the period of these restrictions you can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place which include:
● parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
● public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
● the grounds of a heritage site
● Playgrounds

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MPs spoken contributions during 22 Mar 2021 petition debate