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England Golf presses British P.M. to let game continue

Boris Johnson’s order for a national lockdown prompts the leaders of the amateur game in England to ask for a mulligan

Signed: By England Golf, the governing body for the amateur game in England, a letter to the British prime minister urging the U.K. government to retract its recent order that includes golf courses as part of a national lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson initiated the lockdown, effective Nov. 5, after Britain recently topped 1 million COVID-19 infections. Jeremy Tomlinson, the CEO of England Golf, signed a letter written by Craig Travey, a member of Parliament, that asks Johnson to halt the order. The letter also was signed by the leaders of the British PGA, the R&A and other leading groups from the golf industry in the U.K. The golf industry points out the recreational benefits of the game, including “the undeniable health and mental wellbeing benefits that golf offers.” Golf’s leaders point to 3 million-plus citizens who participate in the sport in the U.K. According to a report in London’s The Guardian newspaper, a “more flexible approach” could be in the works for outdoor sports. Just west, across the Irish Sea, a precedent was set recently in Ireland when golf courses were shuttered Oct. 19 as part of broader national restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19.

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