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Golf courses deemed a ‘non-essential’ service

Posted on April 15, 2020 by 40 Mile Commentator

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During Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s, April 9 COVID-19 address, she was asked about the status of golf courses opening this season.

“My position is that golf courses are a ‘non-essential’ service,” said Hinshaw.

“So golf courses, can like other ‘non-essential’ services, have workers attending the grounds to get the golfing range ready if they should be able to open later this season. But golf courses are not accessible to the public at this time because they are a ‘non-essential’ service.”

This decision comes under the CMOH order 02-2020, where Hinshaw can prohibit under Section 29 (2.1) of the Public Health Act, “a person from attending a location for any period and subject to any conditions that I consider appropriate, where I have determined that the persons engaging in that activity could transmit an infectious agent.”

“I also have the authority to take whatever other steps that are, in my opinion, necessary in order to lessen the impact of the public health emergency.”

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