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Municipal councillors in Ontario urge provincial government to reopen golf

Brantford, Ottawa councillors state their cases to support golf


April 29, 2021
By Turf & Rec

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Councillors in at least two Ontario municipalities are calling on the provincial government to lift its ban on golf and other outdoor recreational activities. In an official act of city council in Brantford on Tuesday, councillors voted 9-2 to have the city request the province withdraw its closure of golf courses.

Golf was lumped in among several provincial closures on April 16 when the province enacted tougher measures in its extended stay-at-home order, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Coun. Greg Martin said people need some type of outlet or they will resort to other ways of socializing that aren’t safe.

To read the full story from the Brantford Expositor, click here.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, several of the city’s councillors have written a letter to the province, urging such outdoor activities as golf, tennis and pickleball to be reinstated. Sent to Premier Doug Ford on Wednesday, the letter stated golf is one of the few activities that people can enjoy in a safe, physically-distanced manner.

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Although the letter states that none of the 16 signees disagrees with the stay-at-home order, it urges “fair, reasonable, and evidence-based measures” be adopted.

To read the full story from CBC News, click here.