The managing secretary of a Scottish golf membership has criticised a brand new coronavirus ruling that has meant the membership has needed to shut its two clubhouses.
Gullane Golf Membership in East Lothian has two clubhouses, one for members and one for guests, and each have needed to shut for 2 weeks underneath new coronavirus restrictions introduced in by first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The ruling is separate to new native guidelines elsewhere within the UK, and even in Scotland, because it solely applies to clubhouses within the Lothians, Glasgow, Ayrshire and Arran and the Forth Valley.
Talking to The Scotsman, the membership’s managing secretary, Gordon Simpson, stated the enforced closure has come as a hammer blow.
“The announcement has had a big impact on our enterprise,” he stated.
“It’s not solely the meals and beverage that we’re shedding out on, it’s the golf as effectively as a consequence of folks cancelling packages because the restrictions in hospitality are simply so extreme.
“As a membership, we’ve got spent hundreds complying with the entire authorities steering almost about PPE, modifications in layouts, screens for bars and so forth.
“Simply as we had been getting our enterprise rising as soon as once more, she has pulled the rug from beneath us.
“While the primary minister introduced that she has made £40 million out there to assist cowl prices, that received’t go far given the quantity of companies across the nation affected by the newest modifications, it’s merely not adequate.”
Golf equipment exterior of the above areas in Scotland can nonetheless have clubhouses open from 6am to 6pm however can not serve alcohol throughout that point whereas alcohol may be served open air till 10pm. That is separate to new restrictions elsewhere in England, Wales and Northern Eire.
“The modifications introduced fluctuate throughout the nation and we might encourage all golf equipment to familiarise themselves with the newest steering and the way it might impression their operations,” stated Scottish Golf’s Karin Sharp.