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Cuomo’s executive order closes golf courses

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 9 April 2020 at 6:07 pm

A revised executive order, issued today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, now lists golf courses as nonessential businesses and must close.

His previous executive order did not distinguish that they were nonessential so many courses, including Shelridge, Hickory Ridge and White Birch locally, had opened while adhering to social distancing mandates.

“It’s disappointing but not unexpected,” said Shelridge Manager Brett Decker. “We’ve had a bunch of golfers out playing. We’ve followed the social distancing guidelines and there didn’t seem to be any problems. Hopefully this will be a short term situation.”

In addition, the governor’s executive order also deemed that boat launches and marinas are also nonessential while parks and public spaces remain essential except for playgrounds.

Cuomo has stated that this executive order closing nonessential business will remain in effect until at least April 29.