The Ontario government has slammed on what it’s calling a “provincewide emergency brake” due to an alarming rise in COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations.
The lockdown went into effect on Saturday and is expected to last at least four weeks.
“We are facing a serious situation and drastic measures are required to contain the rapid spread of the virus, especially the new variants of concern,” said Premier Doug Ford.
“I know pulling the emergency brake will be difficult on many people across the province, but we must try and prevent more people from getting infected and overwhelming our hospitals,” said Ford.
While the lockdown prohibits the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports, golf courses will remain/be allowed to open, but with restrictions.
For example, clubhouses must remain closed and indoor and outdoor dining is prohibited. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments can only operate via take-out, drive-through and delivery. Pro shops are limited to 25 per cent of capacity.
Ontario isn’t alone in reacting to the “third wave” of the pandemic.
In Quebec, for example, cities such as Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau were put on a 10-day lockdown on Thursday that included an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Restaurants will also be limited to take out and delivery.
In British Columbia, new records have been set recently for new cases of COVID-19. All food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios.
These are just some of the restrictions put in place by provincial governments recently and they do affect various aspects of golf operations, mostly food and beverage and pro shop.
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