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In Riverside County, CA, and I would guess many other counties soon, golf courses have been ordered to shut down because you know, they are non-essential and apparently are breeding grounds for coronavirus. Never mind that golfers tend to play in only groups of two or three or four players at a time, typically play many yards apart on each stroke (and more so, if that nasty slice shows up) and are in an outdoor environment with an overabundance of fresh air. One might even be so bold to say that if there’s any recreational activity that should be encouraged in this time of excessive government-mandated house arrest, golf would be it. But one Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a Riverside Public Health official, begs to differ:
“There was some confusion over the closure of golf courses, and we believe this order makes it perfectly clear that golf courses are not an essential business and people must stop gathering on courses,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said.
“The governor’s stay-at-home order means exactly that,” Kaiser said. “Unless you’re the gardener, stay off the greens.”
Courses found to be in violation of the order could be fined as much as $1,000 a day.
Kaiser went on to state that (emphasis mine):
“Clearly and disappointingly, golf courses remained opened and put many people at risk,” Kaiser said. “That’s why it has come to this.”
Note that this public health official doesn’t feel obligated to make available any scientific studies to show how an outdoor recreational activity like golf which has inherently built-in social distancing “puts many people at risk,” or to offer any evidence on how many avid golfers have contracted COVID-19 while playing golf. He is apparently the final authority on the subject and golfers and course owners are apparently not allowed to challenge this edict.
So, add golfers and golf course owners to the list of other enemies of the state along with surfers, paddleboarders, sunset watchers, dog owners, people who want to stroll through a park on a sunny day, and anyone who wants to get out of their house and into their automobile to take a peaceful drive somewhere, anywhere. Serial child rapists, thieves — not a concern. They may wander free but heaven help them if they surf or take up golf.
Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. This warning is proving to be incorrect. It can be rendered extinct within just a matter of weeks by bureaucrats and politicians who don’t have to offer any proof of their claims or provide their dubious methodologies that have brought about a police state.Published in