To begin, we certainly hope all members, your family and your crew, are remaining healthy during this difficult time. Following some discussion with the MV Executive Board, we consciously have limited the number of emails being sent from this office as we know there have been, and will continue to be, countless emails slamming into your inbox. However, this is an important step for Missouri in the concerted fight to slow down this virus so believed this correspondence originating from the Missouri Golf Association to be worth MV adding one more document to your inbox.
A few key points to emphasize:
As Scott Hovis stated, "Some people are not happy that golf is still allowed, so a watchful eye is going to be on us. So please monitor the golfers and workers at all times so that we don’t lose this privilege."
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Stay at Home Order - Update
April 4, 2020
On Friday evening Governor Mike Parson announced an Order commonly referred to as a “Stay at Home" order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The MGA has reviewed the Order and wanted to bring several provisions to your attention.
In the Order, issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, individuals are instructed to avoid leaving their homes or places of residence. Certain exceptions are noted in the Order allowing individuals to leave their homes or places of residence to access food, prescriptions, healthcare and other necessities or to engage in outdoor activity. While doing these activities, individuals are instructed to practice social distancing at all times.
The Order also states that people are not prohibited from accessing essential services or from engaging in outdoor recreation, so long as social distancing requirements are heeded and no more than 10 individuals gather at the same time.
While playing golf is not specifically referenced in the Order, we believe it is allowable as either an outdoor activity or outdoor recreation. Both are permissible under the Order. Again, the Order specifies that such activities are only allowed if groups are limited to no more than 10 people and social distancing is practiced.
Many of you have already adopted one player per cart rules, frequent cleaning of carts and limiting or prohibiting access to the club facilities. Those requirements should be kept in place to meet the spirit of the Order and to limit possible violations of the Order dealing with social distancing or the limitations on gatherings. Club restaurants can continue to offer curbside and take-out orders to your members.
Section 2 of the Order addresses restrictions on essential and non businesses. We believe grounds crews can continue to perform maintenance activities so long as social distancing and restrictions on gatherings of no more than 10 people are followed.
We have attached the Stay at Home Missouri Order document on our website. The provisions referenced here are contained in Section 1 and in the paragraph following Section 10. Section 2 references essential critical infrastructure workforce, as cited in the federal guidelines.
After reviewing the Order, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me or Mike Winter the MGA Legislative Consultant. Mike can be reached at 573 230-6644.
Stay safe and healthy and thank you for support of the MGA and the great game of golf.
All our best,
Rocky Walther, President of Missouri Golf Association
Mike Winter, Missouri Golf Association Legislative Consultant
Scott Hovis, Executive Director of Missouri Golf Association