COVID-19 Operational Guidelines, Procedures and Local Rules - 2021
With respect to Outdoor Recreation Guidelines, the 2021 golf season began much like the 2020 golf season ended. With Phase III of Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan introduced in June (2020), new indoor/outdoor occupancy requirements allowed for group golf events, such as charity fund raisers, corporate outings, and the like, and included collective starting times, commonly referred to as “shotgun starts.”
Later revised Outdoor Recreation Guidelines allowed golf facilities to minimize touching shared items, and encouraged handwashing and hand sanitizing. Without mentioning specific course equipment, such as flagsticks or bunker rakes, the new language allowed golf facilities the leeway to implement best practices suited to local conditions. Likewise, the new language provided for spectators and virtual or otherwise modified award ceremonies within group-size limits (these are addressed in the most recent Outdoor Recreation and Facilities Guidelines under executive order 21-11).
The most recent amendments of the Outdoor Recreation Guidelines (updated April 21, 2021), allow for golf carts to be shared by members of different households. Finally, on May 14, 2021, the requirement to wear a mask was lifted for all vaccinated individuals.
Below are important resources that participants in MGA events during COVID-19 should read and become familiar with.