Petition to keep golf courses open gets Parliamentary date

More than quarter of a million of you signed it – now it will be discussed by MPs

A petition to keep golf courses open that gained more than a quarter of a million signatures in just over 24 hours is set to be debated in Parliament later this month.

Created in the wake of the Government’s decision to close golf courses and driving ranges in England, as part of the second coronavirus lockdown that came into force on November 5, Montague Florin’s call to ‘Exempt golf courses from the list of venues required to close due to Covid-19’ united the entire industry.

It gathered a total of 257,267 signatures and petitions that receive more than 100,000 are considered for a Parliamentary debate. It has now been confirmed by The Petitions Team for the UK Government and Parliament that the debate is scheduled to take place on November 23.

Lee Westwood was among those who supported the drive to “allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely”. England Golf, BIGGA and the PGA, as well as the All-Parliamentary Group for Golf, also issued pleas, but to no avail.

Prime minister Boris Johnson, when asked whether he might re-consider guidance, rebuffed campaigners by arguing that: “Once you unpick at one thing, alas, the effectiveness of the whole package is compromised.”

Now they will be hoping the debate can put the case for golf, which successfully re-established itself as a socially distanced sport when lockdown restrictions were eased for the first time in May.

The current lockdown in England is set to continue until December 2.

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