COVID-19 Resource Hub

Welcome to The PGA's dedicated COVID-19 Resource Hub

This page provides resources for PGA Members, golf clubs and the golf industry about the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Information will be updated regularly as the situation develops.

COVID-19 Restrictions - Tier-by-tier golf activity

The PGA has broken down the latest COVID-19 restrictions for each country and produced a helpful diagram explaining the tier-by-tier of golf activity allowed in your region.

*The diagrams have been reviewed following the latest Government announcements in the week commencing 26th April, 2021.

Northern Ireland

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Republic of Ireland

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Guidance for PGA Members

Guidance for PGA Members

The following guidance is applicable to PGA Members based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This information is separated into the individual home countries to give as accurate guidance as possible. Please click on the links below to jump to the section relevant to you.

PGA in England    PGA in Scotland    PGA in Wales

PGA in Northern Ireland    PGA in the Republic of Ireland      

The PGA is once again backing calls from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf (APPGG) and other leading organisations in golf for its safe return as soon as permitted.

CLICK HERE to read more and find out how you can support the safe re-opening of golf.

UK Government Financial Support

View the latest information about financial support from the UK government during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - fifth grant (June 25)

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension (April 22)

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Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (April 9)

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UK Budget Briefing (March 4)

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VAT deferral new payment scheme (February 9)

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COVID 19: Business support

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A COVID-19 Government financial support briefing for PGA Members (UK) (January 14)

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Summary of existing economic support available (January 8)

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Business and Self-Employed Government Support Update (January 7)

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£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs (January 5)

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Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (December 16)

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - claim for a third grant (November 29)

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Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme extension

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Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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Government guidance for businesses

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Government guidance for employees

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Business support finder tool

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Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Checker

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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant extension

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Archived resources

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Self Employment and Business Scenarios for Accessing Government Support (UK)

The PGA is aware that self-employed PGA Professionals use a variety of business models in order to deliver their services. Almost every PGA Professional is currently affected by business interruption due to the COVID-19 emergency, while government advice and support is evolving almost daily.

The following scenarios relate to Members based in the UK.

Financial support scenarios (November update)

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Financial support scenarios (October update)

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Sole Trader scenarios

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Limited company scenarios

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Unincorporated Association scenarios for UK Golf Clubs

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Limited Companies scenarios for UK Golf Clubs

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The PGA in England

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in England.

UPDATE - Outdoor coaching in England (March 4)

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Clarification on coaching, driving ranges and retail operations (February 26)

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Golf in England set to re-open on March 29

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Golf in England to close during new lockdown (January 4)

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Golf to remain open as new tier 4 restrictions are introduced (December 19)

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Secretary of State hears case for golf (December 4)

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UPDATE - Indoor coaching in England (November 30)

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UPDATE - Coaching, ranges and retail in England (November 26)

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Statement on the re-opening of golf in England (November 24)

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Golf to close during lockdown in England (November 4)

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All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf concedes golf will be in lockdown (November 4)

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Government Announcement (31st October) – PGA Holding Statement

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COVID-19 financial support available (October 26)

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England Golf latest COVID-19 guidance

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£195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

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Archived resources

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Financial support in England.

Restart Grant (grants available from 1st April 2021)

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England COVID-19 Grant Deadlines (March 9)

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Business rates and support grants in England

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Government funding for businesses in England (January 21)

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The PGA in Scotland

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in Scotland.

Easing of some lockdown restrictions in Scotland (April 14)

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Timetable for easing COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland (March 31)

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Timetable for easing COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland (March 22)

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Update - COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland (March 10)

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COVID-19 Local Protection Levels Guidance (January 14)

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COVID-19 update for PGA Members in Scotland (January 5)

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Statement from Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Golf (January 4)

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COVID-19 Local Protection Levels Guidance (December 22)

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COVID-19 update for clubs in Scotland (November 23)

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COVID-19 Local Protection Levels Guidance (November 21)

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COVID-19 update for PGA Members in Scotland (November 18)

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PGA in Scotland guidance for the safe return of golf

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Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

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Getting your facilities fit for sport

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Archived resources

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Financial support in Scotland.

UK Government Support for Business in Scotland: March 2021

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Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund (February 16)

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Local Authority Discretionary Fund (February 2)

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Scotland Inbound Tour Operators Fund (January 25)

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Strategic Framework Business Fund (January 13)

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Grant funding for businesses in Scotland (January 12)

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Business rates and support grants in Scotland

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The PGA in Wales

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in Wales.

UPDATE - Guidance for playing golf in Wales (July 16)

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Wales Golf Club Planning Document (May 20)

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Wales moves into alert Level 2 (May 17)

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Three and four balls from multiple households can resume in Wales on 26th April

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Non-essential retail to reopen and changes to border travel (April 1)

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Wales Golf - guidance for organised outdoor junior activities (March 26)

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Travel restrictions lifted in Wales (March 26)

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Golf in Wales set to reopen (March 12)

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Latest golf club guidance from Wales Golf (March 12)

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Update following the First Minister’s Statement (February 19)

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No change to the current alert Level 4 restrictions (January 29)

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Sport Freelance Fund - Sport Wales

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Alert level four restrictions remain in place in Wales (January 8)

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An open letter to the First Minister of Wales (December 21)

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Wales to move into Level 4 at midnight (December 19)

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Golf courses to close in Wales on Christmas Day (December 18)

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COVID-19 financial support available (October 26)

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Return to work risk assessment

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Leaving home to exercise guidance

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Closure of Business and Premises Advice

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Archived resources

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Financial support in Wales.

Business rates relief in Wales (March 8)

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COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund Sector Specific Grant Eligibility Checker (March 8)

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New Business Wales ERF Sector Specific Grant Phase 2 (March 3)

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Sport Sector Private Providers Fund (February 9)

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Restrictions Business Fund Extension - Wales (February 4)

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ERF Restrictions Business Fund (January 13)

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Business rates and support grants in Wales

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Support eligibility checker

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Financial support and grants

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The PGA in Northern Ireland

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in Northern Ireland.

COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland to be relaxed (April 21)

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Golf in Northern Ireland to reopen on 1st April

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Golf Ireland's Return to Golf Protocol Under Step 2 (March 19)

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Golf courses in Northern Ireland set to re-open (December 8)

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Golf in Northern Ireland to remain closed (January 22)

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An open letter to the First Minister of Northern Ireland (December 21)

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Golf courses in Northern Ireland to close from Boxing Day (December 21)

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Golf clubs in Northern Ireland to close (November 25)

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COVID-19 financial support available (October 26)

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Guidance on golf club activities in Northern Ireland (October 15)

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Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in North Ireland

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Frequently Asked Questions in relation to the Protocol for the safe re-introduction of golf in Northern Ireland

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Archived resources

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Financial support in Northern Ireland.

Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part A (March 2)

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Newly Self-Employed Support Scheme (February 1)

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Limited Company Director's Support Scheme (January 22)

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Business rates and support grants in Northern Ireland

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The PGA in the Republic of Ireland

Information and resources for Members and golf clubs based in the Republic of Ireland.

UPDATE - COVID-19 restrictions in the Republic of Ireland (April 30)

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UPDATE - Coaching, fitting and driving ranges in the Republic of Ireland (April 15)

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Golf in the Republic of Ireland to reopen from April 26th

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Golf clubs in Rep of Ireland to close under Level 5 COVID restrictions (December 31)

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Golf courses to remain open in the Republic of Ireland (December 23)

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Golf courses in the Republic of Ireland to re-open (December 1)

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Funding for clubs in the Republic of Ireland (November 2)

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Level 5 Activities - updated information for clubs and facilities (October 29)

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Coaching guidance for golf clubs in Republic of Ireland (October 23)

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Statement and guidance on golf course closures (October 22)

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Golf clubs in Republic of Ireland to close (October 21)

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Level 4 restrictions in Republic of Ireland (October 15)

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Level 3 Restrictions for Dublin (September 18)

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Statement - further Clarification of golf in Ireland (May 15)

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Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland

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FAQs for the safe re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland

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Government announcement on the reopening of golf courses (May 1)

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Roadmap for reopening society and business

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Video message from Robert Maxfield, chief executive

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Archived resources

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Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland - PHASE 4

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Financial support in the Republic of Ireland.

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (March 8)

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COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (March 8)

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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (March 6)

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A COVID-19 financial support briefing for PGA Members in the Rep or Ireland (January 13)

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Business and Self-Employed Government Support Update - Ireland (January 11)

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€2.8m Club Resilience Fund open for applications

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Financial support scenarios (Republic of Ireland)

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Financial support in the Republic of Ireland

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Information for Employees and the Self-employed

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COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

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Business Continuity voucher

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Business Rates Deferral

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Supports for businesses impacted by COVID-19

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Financial support measures for businesses in Ireland

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Temporary wage subsidy scheme

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Self Employment and Business Scenarios for Accessing Government Support (Ireland)

The PGA is aware that self-employed PGA Professionals and Golf Clubs use a variety of business models in order to deliver their services. Almost every PGA Professional and Golf Club is currently affected by business interruption due to the COVID-19 emergency, while government advice and support is evolving almost daily.

The following scenarios relate to Members and Golf Clubs based in Ireland.

Financial support scenarios (October update)

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Sole Trader and Partnership scenarios

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Limited Company scenarios

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Unincorporated Association scenarios for Irish Golf Clubs

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Limited Companies scenarios for Irish Golf Clubs

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under Operational Guidelines

Useful links to prepare golf facilities for the reopening of golf.

CK Consumables - PPE for golf facilities

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The Valley Group - Preparing for the re-Open

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Asbri Golf - Getting Golf Back to Business Safely

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HSE - Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

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HSE - Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus

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Operational guidance for the future phased re-opening of golf

The PGA has led the development of a coordinated opening plan with support from BGIA, BIGGA, Foremost, GCMA, TGI Golf Partnership, UK Golf Federation and The R&A with a view to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of golfers and members of staff alike. These guidelines also represent part of the overall document that we have submitted to Government to present a case for golf to open. As time moves on and Government guidelines and advice change, we will adapt these guidelines accordingly and forward to you.

COVID-19 guidance on the rules of golf (June 29)

The R&A and USGA have moved to clarify whether a competition being run using temporary measures to help minimise exposing players to COVID-19 is being “played under the Rules of Golf”.

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Keeping workers and customers safe in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

COVID-19 secure guidance for employers, employees and the selfemployed.

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PGA Statement on re-opening of Retail

The UK Government has set out their timeline for retail to reopen in June. This announcement means pro-shops in England can re-open for retail services from the 15th June.

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Guidelines for golf facilities

This document contains operational guidance for professional staff engaged in the management of golf courses, clubs and driving ranges that may be adopted when government COVID-19 restrictions permit the re-opening of golf facilities.

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Guidelines for playing golf

This document, created by The R&A and supported by The PGA, contains Guidance on playing golf in the UK under Covid 19 restrictions when it is deemed safe for golf to open.

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Working safely during the Coronavirus

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Golf Club Survey

As part of the phased reopening of golf, PGA Partners' the 59 Club carried out a survery with Members. This formed the basis of the 'Post lockdown trends and survey results' PGA Live webinar.

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Eat Out to Help Out registration

The government have launched a new scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant.

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Is your business ready to reopen?

Use the Smarter Business checklist to ensure compliance before opening your doors.

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COVID-19 Family support

There are various initiatives to help you and your family members cope during the Coronavirus pandemic. The PGA have collated some that may be useful to you.

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Guidance for International Members

Useful links and information for PGA Members based overseas.

Travel advice for PGA Members living overseas

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FAQs for PGA Members based in Italy

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Updates from government agencies across Australia

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Support for sole traders in Australia

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Updates from the Government of the Netherlands

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Government financial support for self-employed Members in Germany

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Info for PGA Members in China

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Track government policy changes across the globe

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Information for PGA Members in France

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Guidance for golf clubs and businesses

BIGGA, The PGA, and the GCMA, supported by the R&A, have collaborated on the guidelines which offer advice on the running of a golf club in the possible absence of key staff, planning for the longer term effects to the business and the importance of communication to staff and to members.

Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses During COVID-19 Outbreak

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BIGGA tips for keeping greenkeepers healthy

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How do you prepare your golf course for lockdown?

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Learning to live with worry and anxiety

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An appeal to golfers from BIGGA and The R&A

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Guidance on the rules of golf

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Essential Maintenance Statement for Golf Courses During COVID-19 Outbreak

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AGMs and the impact of COVID-19 - guidance and legal advice

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Video message from Robert Maxfield

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Guidance for temporarily closing unoccupied properties

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59club supporting the golf industry

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Getting to grips with cashflow (part one)

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Keeping business premises secure

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Glenmuir launches new Lockdown Vendor

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Guidance from health organisations

The World Health Organisation and the NHS are providing regular updates and guidance through their respective websites.

World Health Organisation updates

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NHS advice

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HSE advice

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Mind - Mental health

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NHS - Every Mind Matters

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Free mental health helpline for PGA Members

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COVID-19 CPD resources

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various free and reduced cost CPD resources available to Members.

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Coronavirus hotline

The PGA is launching a COVID-19 Helpline to support PGA Members, golf clubs and their management teams through the ongoing crisis.

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