The loosening of restrictions will allow up to 10 people from two households to meet for certain outdoor activities such as golf.
Clubhouses and other such indoor facilities must remain closed.
Golf Ireland, the sport’s amateur governing body across the island, will announce its own protocols soon ahead of the reopening of course.
For instance, after the first lockdown last year, tee-times had to be spaced out depending on the number of golfers permitted to play together by each individual club. Last year, four-balls were not initially allowed with three-ball tee-times required to be 14 minutes apart.
Outdoor sports training for up to 15 people has been given the all clear to return on Monday, April 12 with certain protocols in place.
It was always expected that golf courses would be among the first sports facilities to reopen from lockdown, set to be granted in stage two of the Stormont Executive’s dateless five-step plan.
By the end of step two – the ‘Cautious First Steps’ phase – all outdoor competitive sports can resume without spectators, with the likes of golf and tennis set to get the green light before team sports like football, rugby and Gaelic games.
Indoor activities such as squash and gym-work are due to return during step three, with limited numbers of spectators due to return in step four, those figures increased during step five.Tags: