Thursday evening March 19, 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a shutdown order to all “non-life sustaining” businesses. The order mandated that the physical locations of these businesses had to close by 8 PM that evening to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Golf Facilities in Pennsylvania
and New Jersey Should Remain Closed for Play
Facility / course maintenance permitted
in both states; Restaurants may continue to
operate by delivery and takeout only
The Philadelphia PGA Section has recieved updates from Pennsylvania and New Jersey state legislators and officials in regard to how golf facilities are affected by executive action from both's states' governors in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Pennsylvania: Courses should remain closed for all play until further notice; enforcement begins on on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m. Golf facilities may still continue to seek waivers from the state by emailing RAfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has confirmed that landscaping (e.g. facility / course maintenance) has been included under "essential services," meaning superintendents may continue maintaining the grounds at this time.
The above information from the DCED is subject to change as the situation evolves. If PGA Members or Associates have specific questions, contact the DCED directly at email@example.com or call 1-877-PA-Health and select option No. 1.
As a reminder, Governor Tom Wolf's prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations. Full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places may continue to operate for takeout only.
New Jersey: Courses should remain closed for all play until further notice; outdoor activities, mentioned in Governor Phil Murphy's press release, are restricted to individuals' neighborhoods and personal yards.
Essential employees needed for "asset management" (e.g. course maintenance) may continue their work.
As a reminder, all restaurants may continue to operate by delivery and takeout only.
Delaware: At this time, the state has issued no additional orders or guidance affecting golf facilities.
Note: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve on an hourly basis, information and guidance is disseminated just as frequent, which can make staying on top of everything, including governmental guidance, difficult. As always, the Philadelphia PGA Section will update its membership when new information becomes available. Additionally, the Section has complied the most up-to-date information relating to the coronavirus outbreak on one webpage for your convenience: phillypga.com/covid-19-updates.
Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Philadelphia PGA Section, firstname.lastname@example.org
An Update Regarding COVID-19 - 3/22
Updated March 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM
As of this this afternoon, 3/22, we have received an important clarification from the Commonwealth.
Regarding maintenance, we’ve been informed that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has confirmed that landscaping has been included under “essential services” and that superintendents may continue maintaining the grounds at this time.
Please note that these clarifications are from the DCED and are subject to change as the situation evolves. If you have specific questions, please contact the DCED directly at email@example.com or by calling 1-877-PA-Health and select option #1.