COVID-19 restrictions in your country

COVID-19 restrictions in your country

This page will guide PGA Members to the latest information regarding COVID-19 restrictions in your area.



The UK Government announced a complete lockdown of England with immediate effect from Tuesday 5th January, 2021 following a rapid increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

This means everyone must work from home where possible, except for critical workers, and it will supersede all local restrictions currently in place.

Golf clubs, golf facilities – both indoor and outdoor - and driving ranges will be required to close during this full lockdown. As such, coaching will not be permitted.

Golf retailers will be able to operate a click-and-collect service where goods are pre-ordered and either collected off the premises or delivered.

CLICK HERE to find out more about COVID-19 restrictions in England.


Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

The Irish Government announced on 20th December, 2020, that the country is moving into Level 5 COVID restrictions.

This means that golf clubs, driving ranges and practice facilities in the Republic of Ireland must close with immediate effect.

Coaching – whether indoors or outdoors – is not permitted. This also includes the coaching of children.

All non-essential retail outlets, which includes Pro Shops, must shut after close of business on 31st December 2020.

CLICK HERE to view the latest Level 5 restrictions for the Republic of Ireland.

CLICK HERE to read the latest statement from Golf Ireland.



The First Minister for Wales announced that plans to move Wales into Level 4 were accelerated and came into force on 19th December, 2020.

CLICK HERE to read the full statement from the First Minister of Wales.

The current conditions mean that the whole of Wales is now in alert level 4 as part of the country's new Coronavirus Control Plan.

Golf courses in Wales are closed from midnight (19th December. All non-essential retail, including pro shops, are also closed, although 'click & collect' can continue.

Coaching and fitting is not permitted under new level 4 measures.

CLICK HERE for more information about alert level 4 and what it involves.




Scotland significantly tightened protections against Coronavirus (COVID-19) to prevent the spread of the new, highly contagious strain of the virus.

From Boxing Day, the whole of Scotland moved into Level 4 restrictions. This includes the closure of non-essential retail and hospitality. The only exceptions are for Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, and the other island communities where restrictions have been reduced in recent weeks, who will be placed in Level 3.

As part of Level 4 restrictions, travel across local authority boundaries between areas in Level 3 or 4 will not be legal other than for specific exempt purposes

All these measures will be kept under regular review.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Level 4 restrictions in Scotland.

Northern Ireland

In December 2020, the Northern Ireland Executive announced a new package of interventions and restrictions in response to the significant challenges facing the health service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 26th December 2020, golf courses in Northern Ireland closed for six weeks, but this is subject to a formal review after four weeks.

The aim of these new restrictions is to drive the 'R' number down and in doing so protect the Health Service through a challenging period that lies immediately ahead. All sectors are being asked to play their part in this collaborative effort.

CLICK HERE to read the full Golfing Union of Ireland statement.

CLICK HERE to view the latest COVID-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland.

The Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union have issued guidance for golf clubs in Northern Ireland who must continue to show the high levels of safety consciousness that has been a feature since reopening. 


Northern Ireland


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