Covid in England: Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell Return to Resumption of Recreational Golf

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Strictly allowed golf in England to resume in May 2020 after golf courses for the were first closed when the UK went into national lockdown in March

Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell have supported the resumption of recreational golf in England after the courses were closed as part of the new coronavirus blockage.

They promoted an online petition for the return of golf, which has received nearly 58,000 signatures in 24 hours.

It's because England Golf accused the government of "missing an opportunity" to look after amateur players.

The governing body said the game "could be part of the solution".

Jeremy Tomlinson, CEO of England Golf, said that "the physical and mental well-being" of millions of people could be helped if the government reversed its decision to close jobs.

"More than two million golfers could have been catered for differently here," he told the BBC Sportsday program.

"That community could have done sports in a different way. It could have taken the strain of public places, parks that need to be built in a regulated way. It's a real shame."

Northern Ireland's McDowell, ranked 83rd in the world, said "with the right safety precautions, golf is a sport that can function easily in these troubled times" when sharing a message on social media from Westwood, England on Tuesday.

The closure of golf in England was confirmed when a new national blockage was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday after the UK confirmed more than 50,000 new Covid cases for the seventh day in a row registered.

Golf courses in Northern Ireland and Wales have been closed since December.

However, in Scotland, is allowed to pass golf under strict rules. link is external

What does the new lockdown mean for sports in England?

Elite athletes (and their coaches as needed, or parents / guardians if under 18) – or those on official elite athletes track – to compete and train Indoor gyms and sports facilities remain closed Outdoor sports fields, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor pools, archery / riding / shooting ranges and riding stables must also close Organized outdoor sports for people with disabilities may continue

Leading British sports scientist Professor Greg Whyte said that new curbs on recreational sports and closure of leisure facilities "facing an inactivity pandemic" will lead to a "mental and physical crisis" in the UK.

"Covid has expanded healthcare, but it's nothing compared to the overwhelming demand in the weeks, months and years ahead," said the former Olympian.

While elite sport may continue, Whyte has said that lockdown measures could lead to "a future catastrophe," as the recreational sports industry that underpins it faces major financial effects. ]

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