After meeting with Mass. Golf and the Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations last weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration established guidelines for golf to safely resume in the state. The administration updated its COVID-19 essential services web page Thursday, noting that while golf courses are not considered essential businesses, private operators can allow golfers to use the facilities — as long as there are no gatherings of any kind.

A series of guidelines was released at Massgolf.org.Thursday morning, allowing local courses to open up as early as Thursday.

All staff must wear face coverings while on the property, and course facilities, including the clubhouse, golf shop, restaurants, bag rooms, locker rooms and driving ranges, must remain closed. Tee times are mandatory, spaced 15 minutes apart, and golfers are asked to remain in their vehicles until 15 minutes before they tee off.

And, of course, social distancing must be practiced.

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