Golf Ontario’s Statement On COVID-19

From Golf Ontario.
Ed. Note: Visit gao.ca for updates as they are posted.

GOLF ONTARIO COVID-19 UPDATES
GOLF ONTARIO STATEMENT

Golf Ontario takes the health and safety of our staff, players, volunteers, and general public very seriously. Our organization has been closely monitoring what local, provincial, and federal health agencies have recommended in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following consultation with medical professionals, Golf Ontario has put in place the following precautions:

We have cancelled the Can-Am Matches and postponed the Can-Am Cup event scheduled to take place in Myrtle Beach over the coming weeks.
We have cancelled all business travel until at least April 6
We have mandated that staff work from home from March 16 until April 5th
We have asked that any staff in-person meetings be transitioned to conference calls, or postponed if necessary.

It is clear that this is an incredibly fluid and dynamic situation. We are committed to being responsible, thoughtful and transparent with our decision process and will continue to keep our stakeholders informed of our decisions as we move forward. We are committed to issuing regular communications to all stakeholders on our website.

UPDATE: COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)
MARCH 16, 2020

This is an update on the actions Golf Ontario has taken with respect to concerns over the COVID-19 and to assure you that Golf Ontario is doing everything we can to support our stakeholders through this difficult time. Emails have gone out with much of this information already to many of our key stakeholder groups.

As an organization, we want to play our part in flattening our communities curve of exposure to the virus and put in place new precautionary measures while we make decision informed by the latest science-based information.

There are new developments and information coming forward daily, and some in cases hourly (i.e. school closures, LPGA/PGA TOUR postponement of events, US-Europe travel restrictions and NBA/NHL/MLB postponement of its season along with regular updates and mitigating precautions from health and government officials, etc.). We continue to update our policies and evaluate our operational activities.

Update on Activities

Golf Ontario has an internal team meeting regularly to discuss this evolving situation and to make wise decisions.

The development of contingency plans, both for operational and for risk mitigation purposes.
Regular consult with Golf Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Medical Officer and the Ontario Ministry of Sport.
Monitoring updates and identified precautions from national and local health organizations including Health Canada and Toronto Public Health.
Encouraging all staff and volunteers to practice precautions, especially identified travel precautions which include continuing to monitor one’s own health, practice social distancing and hand washing, and to contact a health professional should they develop any symptoms

Golf Ontario Precautionary Measures Implemented Thus Far:

Taking the lead from Golf Canada, we have cancelled all business travel until at least April 6
Any personal travel outside of Canada by any staff to be reported to Golf Ontario HR including over the upcoming March break.
Work from home precautions for staff. We have mandated that all staff work from home between March 16 and April 5th.
We will also be mandating that all staff in-person meetings that have been scheduled be transitioned to conference calls or postponed if necessary

Can-Am Matches:

In consultation with the South Carolina Golf Association and the Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Medical Officer, we have made the decision to cancel the Can-Am matches scheduled for next week in Myrtle Beach.

Upcoming workshops/Meetings/Events:

There are a number of Rules Exams and World Handicap Seminars as well as Officials Days on the calendar. In the short term, we will not be delivering those in person and are working with our various partners to determine the best method of delivering these sessions. Options may include: a) delivering some of the sessions by way of webinars or videos; or b) postponing some or all of the sessions. We will keep you informed of any changes to delivery methods or dates as we make these decisions. Many of these meetings may involve our facilities directly. We trust that you understand the need to adjust these meeting plans during this challenging time.

Upcoming Championship Season

Golf Ontario is proactively monitoring the situation and will gauge potential future decisions regarding our 2020 Championship season on confirmed information as the situation evolves in the weeks to come.

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