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COVID-19 LATEST UPDATE
Following the Government announcement regarding the new National Lockdown effective 6th January 2021, we remain unable to hold any Kent Golf organised events and as such, all of our scheduled events are cancelled/postponed until further notice. This includes all adult and junior competitions as well as County Squad Sessions and Kent Golf Approved Junior Academy sessions.
At the current time all Kent Golf knock out competitions remain under review and will not open for entry on 18th January 2021 as previously advised. Once we are in a position to advise as to the status of the 2021 knock outs, we will update the website and notify all clubs and players via our social media channels.
England Golf's latest guidance - https://www.englandgolf.org/playsafe/
We will continue to review the situation on a regular basis in accordance with updates from the Government together with guidance from our governing body, England Golf. It is imperative that we work to ensure the health and wellbeing of our members, players, staff and volunteers as well as all of those who work at our host golf clubs.
CLICK HERE for Kent Golf Covid-19 Questionnaire for entrants to Kent Golf Competitions
This form must be completed and returned by noon on the day prior to the competition. Failure to return a form will prevent a competitor from taking part in the competition.
Please see below for any guidance documents and links for COVID-19:
England Golf have made further amendments to the Play Safe ‘Playing Framework’ document to reflect the most recent changes to Government Guidance.
The changes are marked in blue to assist in finding the relevant amendments more easily.
Also following the recent statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, England Golf has sought clarity on the application of measures to golf clubs and facilities. A summary of our understanding on these areas is below.
Reduction of VAT
· The reduction from 20% to 5% comes into force from Wednesday 15 July 2020.
· The reduced vat rate of 5% does apply to supplies of qualifying foods/drinks served in golf clubhouses and associated catering facilities
· The reduced rate of 5% does not apply to green fees but only for entry fees on the government attraction list. So green fees will still need to be charged at 20% for proprietary clubs (private member or not for profit clubs do not charge VAT anyway) .
Full information and guidance can be found by visiting the Government’s website here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenue-and-customs-brief-10-2020-temporary-reduced-rate-of-vat-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions/guidance-on-the-temporary-reduced-rate-of-vat-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions
As you will be aware, from Wednesday 14 October, the Government introduced a three-tier system of local restrictions to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic across England. As at 17th October the London Boroughs fall into the Tier 2 restrictions.
England Golf has worked through the three tiers to understand the implications for golf clubs and produced updated guidance documents to support clubs.
Our Play Safe ‘Framework for Playing Golf’ remains the over-arching guidance document for the majority of England but areas in Tiers Two and Three must ensure that they comply with the additional restrictions in those areas. The relevant document for your club is attached to this email.
As well as being attached to this email, all documents are available through the website – www.englandgolf.org/playsafe. A Frequently Asked Questions Document is also available to further support clubs and golfers.
Should you require additional support related to the opening and operation of your clubhouse, we recommend that you make contact with your Local Authority to help ensure your compliance.
Clubs affiliated to England Golf are also able to access specialist health and safety support through Xact - https://www.englandgolf.org/article/health-safety-hr-support/