APRIL 01, 2020
Stay-At-Home: Golf Considered Essential Recreational Activity
Stay at Home order includes golf as an acceptable activity
TAMPA, Fla. – On Wednesday, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 2020-91. The EO states that effective April 3 at 12:01 a.m., all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities until April 30. Per confirmation from the Governor’s Office, Golf is considered an essential recreational activity, as long as proper social distancing is maintained.
Essential Activities under the EO includes in Section 3 A. ii :
Participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, hunting, running, or swimming; and…
Accordingly, and as confirmed by the Governor’s Office, golf is consider a recreational activity under the clause of “such as” for the purpose of this order.
Please note that it is impractical for the legislature or the Governor’s Office to name with exact specificity, every conceivable, acceptable recreational activity that people engage in. Accordingly, they utilized the phrase “such as”.
Some counties in Florida have specified that golf courses in their county are closed and these county orders should be followed.
When playing or practicing golf during the Coronavirus crisis, players should follow all suggested social distancing guidelines.
For the full text of the Governor’s Executive Order, please see: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf