Golf Deemed "Non-Essential," Play Suspended in Maine
The Maine State Golf Association shares the concerns of everyone in the state regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting the entire world right now. The well-being and safety of all Mainers, including golfers and golf course employees, is our utmost concern during these trying times. Over the past few weeks we have been doing all we can to ensure that golf in the state has been in step with all state and federal guidelines in place to protect the health of our communities.
Yesterday, Governor Janet Mills issued a new Executive Order in regard to the rapidly-changing situation here in Maine. The order further clarified her previous order in which businesses are deemed “essential” and “non-essential,” and therefore which businesses are allowed to remain operational in the coming month. Golf was specifically listed as a “non-essential” business, meaning that effective immediately, all golf activities must be suspended statewide through April 30. Golf course maintenance is still permitted by course staff.
We understand that it is tough to have an already short golf season cut shorter due to these extraordinary circumstances. However, we encourage all golfers to do their part and adhere to the Governor’s mandate. Stay home whenever possible, practice safe social distancing when out, and wash your hands often. We are all in this together as Mainers, and the more we all work together, the quicker we can get back out on the links enjoying this game across all sixteen counties.
The MSGA will continue to be in touch with what’s happening in Augusta and will communicate any new developments during this time. We will be looking at our planned events going forward and will communicate any changes to our schedule once we have a better idea of what the future holds. The MSGA staff will continue to work remotely from home and are available to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, stay safe and take care of one another.