About the only thing that’s predictable about coronavirus is its unpredictability, making it difficult to predict if and when a more severe second wave will strike this fall.
That statement isn’t meant to suggest that we shouldn’t take seriously the warning from health officials that a second wave of cases could coincide with cold and flu season and overwhelm hospitals and other health care facilities.
There’s a lot that isn’t known about coronavirus, including whether its spread accelerates in the fall, but cases have been spiking up in various locations across Canada, with the highest rate of infection among younger people just as the school year approaches.
A second wave could arrive as early as September, which means anytime now with Labour Day not far off. Or it could come later in the fall.
There are several possibilities to consider:
Will a second wave be more severe than the first and force businesses into a second lockdown as they recover from having to close earlier this year?
If a second wave does force a lockdown, when will it take place?
In the case of the golf industry, could it happen just after Labour Day and cut off by several weeks a season in which it has enjoyed brisk business in rounds played since the first lockdown, which also hit food and beverage and pro shop revenues hard?
On the other hand, if it comes, it may not happen until the end of October or early November when we may be trying to stretch out a season that began on such a downer, but has pretty much reached its conclusion for 2020 at that point.
The impact would be far less devastating later in the fall than if the second wave and potential lockdown came in early September.
The other question is do politicians have the appetite to close businesses for a second time in the same year, given the backlash they’d be sure to receive and the damaging impact that would have on the economy?
Consider all of that from a golf industry perspective and ask yourself this question: Are you concerned that a second wave of coronavirus will prematurely end the 2020 Canadian golf season?
That’s our GNN Poll question of the week.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to add a few thoughts on this subject, please use the Comments section below.
Are you concerned that a second wave of coronavirus will prematurely end the 2020 Canadian golf season where you work?
- No (69%)
- Yes (31%)