Depending on what you do for a living, your
state government has deemed your position essential or non-essential, keeping
you on the clock… or not. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, determining who
or what counted as an essential service presented some gray areas. This gray
area was further clouded as states made their own judgements, not necessarily
in agreement with each other. A prime example: golf courses.
During this stressful time, many people are
eager to get outside and exercise. Otherwise confined to our homes, due to
social distancing, people want an outlet for the anxiety caused by the
uncertainty around this pandemic. For many, teeing up is the ideal way to
maintain some level of normalcy and take a break from the endless news cycle.
But, are golf courses essential?
The answer, it turns out, is determined by
where you live.
Golf is Essential, Depending on Geography
The question, Are Golf Courses Essential During The COVID-19 Crisis?,
comes down to state jurisdiction. According to Forbes, “As of now, 32 states
currently allow golf courses to open during the COVID-19 pandemic, while
roughly a third of states have decided that golf is non-essential.”
These decisions have motivated some golf
enthusiasts to cross state lines in order to get on the green. Unfortunately,
in some cases they’ve been turned away as more states issue interstate travel restrictions
in an effort to strengthen social distancing and stem the tide of coronaviruses
At IonLoop, we’re fortunate to have
headquarters in a state that deems golf courses an essential service; even so,
the decision for golf courses to remain open can vary between counties.
An important distinction noted in the Forbes
article: “In Florida, which has the largest concentrations of seniors in the
United States, Governor Ron DeSantis has decided that it’s A-okay for golf
courses to stay open, but some individual counties, including Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach, are preventing play.”
Access this updated list of which states
evaluated golf courses as essential and which did not, but make sure you call
the course to confirm before you venture out.
If you are able to book a tee time, make sure
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matter which services are designated essential, at IonLoop we’re confident that
this crisis will be behind us sooner than later and America will be back in
business on the world stage. In the meantime, know that all of our IonLoop
products are available to support you during this difficult time. From our family
to yours, stay strong, stay safe, and keep the faith.