Why is Cycling allowed and not Golf?
It would of course be churlish in the extreme at the outset not to realise the seriousness of the covid 19 pandemic and the sacrifices many people are making in trying to improve the situation for all of us. That said, I have in recent weeks become more and more frustrated with golf courses remaining closed in Northern Ireland whilst neighbours who are cyclists seem to be allowed to do a “mini Tour de France “ that lasts three or four hours the same length of time it would take me to play a game of golf!
Cyclists whizz past you whilst you wearing NO masks and showing no regard to your wellbeing, easily being closer to you than the permitted two metres. This has happened to me on a number of occasions recently and I felt scared to breathe in their wake. On a golf course by contrast, golfers can observe the strict guidance regarding social distancing whilst enjoying a different type of exercise and one that does not involve panting and spluttering all over numerous strangers!!! The guidelines laid down by the R&A show how golf can adopt a serious and socially responsible approach to the game at a difficult time for our country.
Golfing friends in the South of Ireland, England and Wales will shortly be allowed back on the fairways, my question to the powers that be in Northern Ireland and Scotland would simply be “Why are you allowing a form of exercise to take place that endangers others whilst keeping golf courses closed?”
PS Maybe the image accompanying this article would solve the problem!!!!