Golf Australia has provided further assistance and guidance to Clubs and facilities regarding Covid 19.
Golf Australia is delighted to provide clubs and facilities with the news received today that the Victorian Department of Health has agreed with their submissions that bunker rakes and flag sticks should now be classified as ‘High-Touch Surfaces’ as opposed to ‘Shared Equipment’. Clubs and facilities must note that the Shared Equipment provision for cleaning after each use still exists for equipment such as golf carts and pull trolleys.
Effective 20 May 2021, cleaning of high-touch surfaces after each use is not required. Practically, this provision means that the restrictions on bunker rakes and flagsticks has been lifted with clubs and facilities now able to play under the normal rules of golf as long as provisions are made to clean these surfaces regularly.
The COVID-19 temporary local rules continue to be used at The National for Friday 21 May with the Covid Temporary Local Rules being withdrawn for all play effective Saturday 22 May.
If another outbreak occurs, the Club may re-introduce the restrictions if directed to do so by the State Government.
The Department of Health has advised GA of the following:
The length of time the virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19) can survive on inanimate surfaces varies depending on factors such as the amount of contaminated body fluid (e.g. respiratory droplets), the presence of soiling, heat and humidity.
The virus that causes COVID-19, is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Therefore the COVIDSafe strategies for those handling rakes and flagsticks should include:
- performing hand hygiene regularly, and when moving from one hole/bunker to another
- being mindful to not touch your face (eyes, nose or mouth)
- maintaining physical distancing of 1.5 metres between players/caddies where possible
- regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces and equipment
- additional cleaning if dirt or grime is visible.
Service Victoria QR Codes – Compulsory
From Friday 28 May, the State Government QR code check-in service provided by Service Victoria is in use for all attendees at The National and must be adhered to. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes members and visitors playing golf, practising or using other facilities such as the clubhouse, and everyone must check in on each visit.