British Columbia Golf Covid-19 Current Information & Updates
AGA-BC Publishes Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19
For Release April 20, 2020
On March 26, 2020, the BC Government issued the following:
“The Provincial Health Officer has ordered some types of businesses to close. Any business or service that has not been ordered to close and is also not identified on the essential service list may stay open if they can adapt their services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the PHO.”
With over 300 golf courses in all areas of the province, it is critical that all golf operations in British Columbia immediately align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and regional health authorities.
Where governments have not mandated the temporary closure of golf courses, such as in BC, golf operators choosing to open must take every health and safety precaution for their team members and customers.
Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses.
Health information for BC residents
The best source for accurate and up-to-date health information on the COVID-19 pandemic in BC is the BC Centre for Disease Control website, which has links to the press conferences held by Dr Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, minister of health.
B.C. Launches COVID-19 Support App
Courtesy CTV News Vancouver Island
VICTORIA -- The B.C. government has launched a COVID-19 support app to help provide residents with the latest information on the ongoing pandemic.
Besides acting as a platform for posting information and alerts, the app also features the B.C. government’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool that can help residents decide if they need to seek coronavirus testing.
The self-assessment tool can also be found as a standalone test online here.
Memo on behalf of British Columbia Golf in collaboration with Golf Canada:
In light of the heightened global concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), British Columbia Golf and Golf Canada are closely monitoring Health Canada and Government resources as well as consulting with various partners including the Canadian Olympic Committee, PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and others.
COVID-19 is something that the entire sport and golf community both internationally and domestically are taking seriously, especially with respect to the health and well-being of our people as well as any potential impact on our athletes or events.
Immediate Travel, Meetings and Workplace Safety
As an immediate precaution, British Columbia Golf has cancelled all in-person meetings until further notice. In addition, all staff have decided to cancel all personal travel and have been asked to work remotely in order to support social distancing measures.
All handicapping seminars will be delivered through digital presentations only. Each club will be provided with access to these presentations and will be able to obtain the necessary certification through the online quiz.
The 2020 championship schedule was released on March 1st. The following procedure has been established for all British Columbia Golf Championships during the 2020 season. We strongly recommend competitors enter any events scheduled in which they intend to play this season. In the event British Columbia Golf cancels the event or the competitor needs to withdraw, entry fees will be 100% refunded.
Decisions on whether or not an event will proceed will be made and communicated to each competitor no later than 30 days prior to the start of the event. This procedure will remain in place through the balance of the 2020 championship season. Championships will be cancelled not postponed.
The following are a number of safety precautions that all of us should take into consideration as pro-active health measures for themselves and others:
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-hand sanitizer
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
• If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve
• Stay at home when you are sick
These measures may seem simple, but they are very powerful ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick, especially during a heightened period where health and wellness are top of mind.
Individuals interested in learning more can also find regular global updates related to COVID-19 distributed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The British Columbia Ministry of Health has additional resources available for individuals including the online COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT tool which is available here.
Protecting Our People
The health and wellness of our staff, coaches, athletes, volunteers and stakeholders is our top priority. We thank everyone for their cooperation with the outlined precautionary measures as we learn more about, and react to, the ongoing developments around COVID- 19.
Should anyone have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact either one of us directly.
COVID-19: Straight From The Science Journals
A roundup of new pandemic-related findings
Courtesy The Tyee
With misinformation and deliberate disinformation running almost as rampant as the virus that causes COVID-19, we thought it would be best to go to the source for the latest insights. Compiled by veteran medical journalist Brian Owens, this is a roundup of some of the newest science on the COVID-19 pandemic, straight from the scientific journals.
Read complete article HERE.
As new information and resources become available to help manage the situation around COVID-19, our priority is to share these with the sport community.