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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has spoken to the Commons today, revealing a wealth of areas will now be entering Tier 4. This follows a rise in Covid cases following a mutated strain of the virus, which is more transmissible than the original. Mr Hancock said three-quarters of the country will be in Tier 4 by Thursday morning.

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Speaking in the House of Commons today the Health Secretary said: “Even in most areas not moving into Tier 4, cases are rising too, and it is, therefore, necessary to apply Tier 3 measures more broadly too – including in Liverpool and North Yorkshire.

“The rest of Yorkshire remains in Tier 3. These changes will take effect from 00:01 tomorrow morning.

“The new variant means that three-quarters of the population are now going to be in Tier 4 and almost all of the country in Tiers 3 and 4.”

With stricter rules than Tier 3, some may be wondering what this means for hobbies like golf. Express.co.uk explains this below.

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Tier 4: Golf course

Tier 4: Can you play golf in Tier 4? (Image: GETTY)

Can you play golf in Tier 4?

According to the Tier 4 restrictions, golf courses can remain open for people attending with members of their own household or support bubble. 

People in Tier 4 areas can also attend with one person from another household.

Indoor coaching sessions are not permitted, however, outdoor coaching can take place on an individual basis.

Tier 4: Tier 4 areas mapped

Tier 4: Areas have moved up a level to Tier 4 (Image: EXPRESS)

However, non-essential shops including those selling golf supplies must close. 

For those looking to buy new equipment, you can choose to click and collect instead. 

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf has issued the following statement addressing issues of play, retail, coaching and travel: “In Tier 4 areas, golf courses can remain open for individuals playing with members of their own household or support bubble, or with one person from another household.

“As usual, social distancing is to be observed and all necessary steps are to be taken to ensure a COVID-19 secure environment.

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“Under Tier 4 restrictions, non-essential retail – including Pro Shops and golf retailers – must close.

“Click and Collect will, however, be permitted.

“Outdoor coaching will be allowed on an individual basis or for multiple members of the same household or support bubble. Indoor coaching will be not be permitted.

“There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.

Tier 4: Golf course

Tier 4: Golf courses are permitted to stay open, with social distancing in place (Image: GETTY)

Tier 4: Tier 4 sign

Tier 4: Tier 4 areas are told to stay at home except for essential reasons (Image: GETTY)

“Custom fitting can take place outside on a one-to-one basis but is not permitted indoors.

“Some golf ranges can be classified as indoor settings, but it would be for each facility to read and interpret the guidelines against their own venue – it is suggested that if confirmation is required they contact their local authority who will be best placed to advise.

“Unless it’s essential for work or other reasons, Tier 4 areas must not be left by occupants or entered by anybody from a Tier 1, 2 or 3 area.

“Full details of Tier 4 guidance can be found on the government’s website.”

There are rules on travel in place for those wanting to visit areas further afield to play.

If you are intending to travel to play golf, you live in a Tier 1 area and travel to a higher tier, you need to follow the rules for that area while you are there.

Anyone travelling is asked to avoid travel or overnight stays in Tier 3 or Tier 4 areas other than where necessary.

However, you are allowed to travel through a higher tier area as part of a longer journey.

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