Do not reopen golf courses on estates until we are out of lockdown

Do not reopen golf courses on estates until we are out of lockdown

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Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa says his department is considering allowing golf to return behind closed doors during the current Covid-19 enforced lockdown.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO ENSURE THAT THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN ... WHILE WE ARE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL AS A NATION AGAINST A PANDEMIC!!! 

How is it even possible to open golf courses when we are still in lockdown level 4? Furthermore, if we open golf courses on estates, the health and lives of residents of those golf estates are put at risk. 

IS THE ENJOYMENT OF ONE SPORTING CODE REALLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS LIVES THAT WILL BE PLACED AT RISK WHEN YOU OPEN THOSE GOLF COURSES TO THE PUBLIC ONCE MORE? 

Has the Minister of Sports asked for the input of those residents that could fall ill when he decides to reopen golf courses on estates before country is out of lockdown? 

Is the Minister ready to be answerable and take ownership for even one new Covid19 infection of a resident on a golf estate, as a result of opening the golf course up to the public? 

  • GOLF IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE.
  • At present, most estates (golf estates included) do not allow anyone but residents to enter/ exit the estate. Thereby minimizing the spread of Covid19. 
  • The biometric security process used to allow entry/ exit for golfers into estates pose an added risk of infection... which is unwarranted and unnecessary.
  • The clubhouse will need to be reopened and employees will be placed at an increased risk from persons using the facilities.
  • If payments are not 100% contactless, the same credit machine will be used to punch in codes/ money will be exchanged... thereby increasing the risk of spreading Covid19? 
  • Golf carts could spread the virus as it is proven that Covid19 can live on surfaces for many hours. 
  • Players pick up the flag pole on the green to putt. This metal surface would spread the virus from one player to the next.
  • If golf carts are not used which most players are used to, this could lead to an increase in sun strokes, heart attacks and strokes with the older players that are not used to playing golf under such strenuous circumstances (walking for hours) and this could place a burden on the healthcare system . 
  • Currently estate residents use the golf course paths to run between 6am and 9 am as they are limited to a 5 km radius around their homes. Will golf now be given preference over these residents, their health and their right to exercise during these 3 hours? 
  • If an infected player hits out of bounds and comes near the boundary wall of a private residence, the virus could remain airborne within the reach of a child innocently playing in his garden!!!

Let's stop this madness before it's too late.

NO SPORT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HUMAN LIFE. NOT EVEN GOLF.

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