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Petition calls for Alberta government to open golf courses

Last Updated Apr 14, 2020 at 8:00 am MST

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the weather warms up, the Alberta government is facing increasing pressure to allow golf courses to open.

Golf courses have been deemed a non-essential service and many have been ordered to close across the province.

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However, some provinces like British Columbia are allowing courses to stay open with strict physical distancing protocols in place.

That’s prompting several golf enthusiasts to lobby the province to do the same here and allow golfers the chance to hit the fairways.

The group says golf already takes social distancing into account as people are separated by 10-15 minutes and the flow of the game is likely more regulated than measures currently in place at grocery stores.

They add other rules will also be implemented including a limit of two golfers per hole, instead of the usual four, and close all beverage services, pro-shops, and restaurants.

An online petition has already been launched and has reached more that 20,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.