THE golf industry continues to soldier on in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, like all other spheres of society, including those establishments who temporarily ceased operations because of members and/or staff who contracted the virus.
Others like Royal Kampung Kuantan Club just outside Kuala Selangor have tightened up measures to help curb the spread of the virus.
Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam, Selangor, who shutdown in the second half of last month for a deep sanitisation exercise and Covid-19 screening are up and running again, and things have somewhat gotten back to normal – the new normal that is.
The closure came after a member of staff of the course and grounds department tested positive for the Coronavirus.
“He is not a daily operations front-liner and was in quarantine after notification by the authorities, ” the club told TeeUp upon enquiries this week. “And although we were given the green light from the Ministry of Health to operate, we ceased operations as a proactive measure to ensure the safety, well-being and peace of mind of our patrons.
“We were temporarily closed for four days and have since gotten back to business and are operating as usual, that means the best we can in the (pandemic) circumstances, ” the club added.
Commenting on some of what happened, the club said a “full sanitisation exercise” was carried out at all common areas and all the staff tested for Covid-19 before re-opening.
“This includes caddies, vendors, contractors and service staff. The results of the tests came back ‘negative’ and only then did we reopen for operations once again.”
In line with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) laid down by the Health Ministry and those of their own, Glenmarie said, among other things, they have introduced mandatory health & travel declarations.
They have also reduced the number of flights (players) for better control of social distancing practices (including one-player one-buggy) and the closure of the changing rooms and, sports and recreation facilities.
The club also called on their members to remain vigilant and observe the standard operating procedures without exception. Further still, they urged “everyone to be sincere and offer accurate information, especially with regards to the health and travel declarations.
“We are all front-liners now and should continue practicing the new norms in a bid to ensure the health and safety of all parties concerned, ” the club said.
At Royal Kampung Kuantan, the club said they were “open to all members regardless of where you reside”.
This followed an earlier communiqué from the management that suspended admission to the club by members who reside in “red zones”.
In their latest notice to members, the club added: “However guests, visitors and affiliates will still not be allowed until further notice. Members are reminded to strictly follow the SOPs while on the course and in the clubhouse.”
Among the SOPs highlighted by the club were two-to-a-table when dining and tee-off times by booking only. The club also reminded members of the conditional Control Movement Order (CMCO) set down by the government that “does not permit inter district traveling”.
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