(Updated on March 26) – The NYSGA has been closely monitoring all information and updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact the situation has on the golf industry.

Related: CDC Information – COVID-19

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State on PAUSE Executive Order, which went into effect 8pm on Sunday, March 22. “All non-essential businesses statewide will be closed, non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed at this time, and any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced.”

Clarification was provided by the Governor’s office and regional Empire State Development Directors on how this Executive Order pertains to golf.

Courses in New York are allowed to remain open but must implement all CDC and state-mandated guidelines, and promote safe, social distancing. There is to be no access to pro shops, locker rooms, indoor facilities and restaurants/bars (unless for take-out purposes only).

Social distancing on the golf course may include:
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others •
• Don’t shake hands before or after your game •
• Leave the flagstick in the hole •
• Remove rakes and ball washers from course •
• Do not share clubs or any other equipment •
• If using a golf cart, limit to one person •