Dear Indiana PGA Members, Golf Course Owners, and Golf Course Operators,
Good news for now. The following is an excerpt from a letter that was sent to the President of Indiana Golf Course Owners Association. We are pleased with this announcement and encourage all of you to continue to practice safe procedures to keep you and your staff safe as well as your members and customers. We will continue to work to get more clarification in some of the areas where questions remain.
I would start by saying the intent of the Executive Order is to get as many Hoosiers as possible to stay home, work from home, or anything else in their power to stop the spread of the virus. So the state certainly appreciates businesses that have voluntarily shut down or implemented measures to limit human interaction. Further, all businesses should be considering what they can do to minimize the spread among their clients and their employees, even if they are considered essential. These businesses should figure out what “minimum basic operations” (Page 8, paragraph #15) means for them and also be flexible with employees in this time, especially those most at risk.
That being said, we have looked into Executive Order 20-08 and believe that golf courses can continue to operate consistent with other states. However, owners and operators should be limiting any human interaction that is not necessary. People should not be congregating in close proximity, in accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s executive order. Golf carts likely should not be shared, if used at all. Individuals should likely not be touch a pin either. Think hard about what exactly can be done to limit the spread to even one person. As the Governor stated yesterday, one person can infect two… who can all infect two more… so on and so forth.
Beyond this advice, these businesses need to complying with the rest of the executive order. We all must do our part. Thanks for asking.
Office of Governor Eric Holcomb
State Legislative Director
200 W. Washington Street – Room 206
Indianapolis, IN 46204
For those who are looking for best practices when it comes to their facility during this time, we have provided a document that we are keeping up to date with new information and best practices according to mandates.
If you are in need of hand sanitizer for your employees, we have been given the following contacts:
Also, it has been brought to the attention of Indiana Golf, that if any golf facilities have masks that they are not using, please donate to your local hospital as those are desperately needed during this difficult time.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Executive Director, Indiana Golf