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Measures designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are to be reintroduced at golf clubs in Scotland in response to the spread of the so-called Omicron variant.

From December 27, clubs are advised to implement one-metre physical distancing between groups in clubhouses and other indoor hospitality settings.

No more than three households may be represented per group, with table service required in settings where alcohol is being served. Face coverings should also be worn at all times in indoor settings, subject to exemptions.

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bunkered.co.uk understands that updated guidance was sent by Scottish Golf to all of its affiliated clubs this morning.

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This comes on the back of new restrictions announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday afternoon in response to the ‘increasing challenge’ posed by the Omicron variant.

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A number of outdoor events, including Edinburgh’s traditional Hogmanay street party, have been cancelled with a number of other measures being introduced on Boxing Day for three weeks.

Omicron is now reckoned to be the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Scotland, accounting for 62.9% of all cases.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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