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14 May 2020

Golf courses reopen in England

Golf courses and tennis courts in England have reopened this week following new government guidance.

The decision follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on Sunday.

This only applies to golf courses in England – it is not yet known when golf courses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can reopen.

In conjunction with the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) BAGMA has written to the Rt Hon George Eustice MP Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and copied to the Rt. Hon. Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in relation for the need to support and recognise our industry in the event of a prolonged lockdown or as part of an exit strategy.

Essentially we want to raise the awareness of the role our industry (land-based engineering) plays in the maintenance of parks, sports grounds, highways, public spaces, golf courses and amenity areas during a potential extended lockdown or in the exit strategy.

We have outlined the essential service provided to those with a duty to remain open and service their clients that are responsible for ensuring the safety and accessibility of these facilities. These clients also make sure traditional grass areas, sports turf areas and public open spaces are maintained in such a way that they will be ready for use when circumstances allow, and that our member businesses and the LBE sector are classified as essential to ensure the equipment is available to allow this to happen.

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