Golf on prohibited courses, but walking is acceptable

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The sheriff of San Diego offered clarity Monday on how the county’s public health orders affect golf courses.

The Sheriff’s Department said while golf and course parking fall under Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten’s order closing beaches, parks and recreation areas, there is a caveat. .

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If golf course management chooses to open the property for walking, hiking, biking, or horseback riding, people who live within walking distance and are part of the same household may use the property for these activities . Families cannot get together with other groups or use the property to play golf, according to SDSO.

“…As long as members of a family or household are not golfing or congregating with other people, course management can allow them to walk, hike, ride a horse or bike on the property,” SDSO said. statement said. “Also, the golf course should be within walking distance of the family home.”

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San Diego County has closed parking lots at parks and beaches and banned active sports activities, citing regional and national social distancing orders. This month, local authorities began issuing citations for social distancing violators.

The county recommends staying six feet away from people who are not members of the same household and avoiding groups while engaging in passive activities, such as walking or hiking.

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“While playing golf or engaging in similar activities may seem to some a permitted exception to the rule, the fact is that the orders exist to protect public health,” the SDSO statement read. “The longer we stay home, limit contact with others and practice good hygiene, the shorter and less severe this crisis will be.”

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