Golfers at the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) golf course were surprised to hear the siren go off at 11 am when things seemed fine. The siren was indeed a signal to halt play – not because of lightning, the usual threat at a course, but the news of a Cvovid-19 positive test.
News filtered in that one of the members had tested positive, which led to the KGA shutting down the facilities and all played was halted.
It seems that the member, a golfer, last played on June 13, so it has already been 10 days, but his positive test came to light only on Tuesday (June 23), when his family informed the club.
It is however not known whether he had played at any of the other clubs in Bengaluru.
The KGA in order to be safe immediately suspended all activities and shut down the place to carry out sanitisation and disinfect the place.
There were about 50 members playing at the time when the siren was sounded and play stopped.
The message sent out by KGA, said, “In view of a member having tested positive, as a precautionary measure, we are closing the club and golfing facilities with immediate effect for sanitization and disinfection.”
The club is helping trace the contacts of anyone who may have come in contact with the infected golfer including other members, caddies and staff members at the club.
Golf clubs in Bengaluru, including KGA, BGC, Eagleton, Prestige Golfshire, had opened for play about a month ago in the third week of May.
A month ago, KGA and other golf clubs including Prestige Golfshire and Eagleton were among the first sports facilities to be reopened after the lockdown restrictions had forced them to shut down in March. At that time, the clubs put in place precautionary measures including golf bags were sanitised, caddies were briefed about safety protocols, besides distributing disposable gloves and disinfectants. Physical distancing and hygiene protocols were also followed in the playing and food and beverages areas as per medical advice.