This morning Governor Murphy released Executive Order No. 153, effective immediately, removing all golf restrictions imposed since the beginning of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Rules and procedures around tee time intervals, caddies, and on-course amenities are now at the discretion of golf course management. With this, all social distancing and sanitizing guidelines remain in effect. While it is no longer mandated, it is encouraged to limit touch points on the golf course.
Courses are highly encouraged to operate with an extreme level of detail to protect the safety and health of their patrons and employees. There are two specific items we have been asked to adhere to. First, golf carts can now operate with two riders, however, an option must be provided for a single rider cart if requested. Second, caddies can return to the game, but they should wear personal protective equipment including a mask and gloves.
Below is the provision of the Executive Order No. 153 that eliminates the restrictions on golf by outlining how this Executive Order supersedes paragraphs from previous Executive Orders. Any provision of a previous Executive Order that is not specifically superseded remains in effect. Also, non-golf related areas of clubs and courses, like indoor dining (EO-152) or pro shops (EO-150) are covered under other Executive Orders that are not changed by No. 153.
Executive Order No. 153 Paragraph 14
14. The provisions in paragraph 9 of Executive Order No. 107 (2020), paragraphs 8 and 9 of Executive Order No. 133 (2020), paragraphs 2-3 of Executive Order No. 143 (2020), paragraph 1 of Executive Order No. 146 (2020), paragraphs 2, 5, 6, 8, and 10 of Executive Order No. 147 (2020), and paragraphs 2 and 4 of Executive Order No. 148 (2020) are hereby superseded to the extent inconsistent with this Order. To the extent provisions of these Orders are not inconsistent with this Order, they remain in full force and effect.
Golf Related Executive Orders rescinded by this provision:
Executive Order 107: Paragraph 9 closed all recreational businesses including golf courses.
Executive Order 133: Paragraph 8 created a full list of restrictions on golf courses.
Executive Order 147: Paragraph 6 allowed four players per tee time, fore caddies, club rentals, restrooms.
Although the golf related restrictions have been lifted, we must continue to do our part and remain vigilant about social distancing and sanitizing. Please continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC and your local health departments.
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