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Posted on: March 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Why are public and private golf courses in NYS & Westchester allowed to stay open during crisis?

We are told to stay at home during the coronavirus. But, international, federal, state and county public and private golf courses remain open. Why?
We're sending mixed messages to the community. Many people are ignoring social distancing recommendations.


We are told to stay at home during the coronavirus. But, international, federal, state and county public and private golf courses remain open. Why?

 I think we’re sending mixed messages to the community.  The only way we will beat corona is if people practice social distancing--at least for the coming weeks. In my opinion, we all have to be inconvenienced. I love swimming and going to the gym. It’s closed. I can accept the disappointment of not being able to enjoy these facilities during this crisis.

 During the past weekend I personally observed many people not taking the coronavirus crisis seriously. Fields were packed with teenagers at schools playing soirts-getting close to each other. Go to a big box store (like Costco) or a supermarket? There are long lines and people are standing next to each other--without masks or gloves.

 We lack hospital beds. ICU units are getting filled. And every day we read about more deaths. We need, in my opinion, fewer exceptions to the lockdowns taking place. I’d rather be inconvenienced than see friends and neighbors dead.

I urge the federal, state and county governments to close golf courses at least for the next few weeks. Send a message that we’re serious about beating Corona virus.Some golfer’s say they practice social distancing. But, are they changing in locker rooms, using golf carts and equipment. If one person gets close to another and has the virus the virus spreads.  Do you agree?PAUL FEINER


Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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