All public and private golf courses in Riverside County were ordered closed Thursday in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“There was some confusion over the closure of golf courses, and we believe this order makes it perfectly clear that golf courses are not an essential business and people must stop gathering on courses,” said Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.
Kaiser was referring to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide state-at-home order issued March 19 that urged Californians to stay home as much as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order allows for people to go grocery shopping, care for sick relatives or other essential activities. It also allows for people to attend essential jobs, including one of 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors.
But as some golf courses across the state remained open in the weeks since the order went into effect, Kaiser sought on Thursday to clarify that golf is not essential.
“Clearly and disappointingly, golf courses remained opened and put many people at risk,” Kaiser said. “That’s why it has come to this.”
A Southern California PGA survey released this week found that nearly 84% of the golf courses surveyed were closed, Golf Magazine reported.
Almost 92% of the courses were not providing instruction while 64% were selling food and beverages according to the survey. The survey received responses from representatives of 124 public and private courses in California.
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