Golfers can now hit the links at private NYS golf courses

Posted at 4:57 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 18:55:06-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State has updated an earlier decision that deemed all golf courses in the state non-essential businesses.

On April 9 NYS announced all golf courses were deemed non-essential and were to close in compliance with the NYS PAUSE order.

On April 17 the guidance was updated and says:

"essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted and private operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided."

7 Eyewitness News reached out to the state for clarification on this guidance, the state says:

Private courses can open with essential employees only, state courses remain closed and it is up to municipalities on whether to open municipal courses.

You can find the full updated list of essential businesses on the state's website here.