PGA Tour elects to reinstall its indoor masks coverage


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With latest concern over the Delta variant of the coronavirus and a rise in optimistic instances across the nation, the PGA Tour this week reimplemented an indoor masks coverage for all people, however stopped in need of resuming its COVID-19 testing.

Two weeks in the past, the Tour stopped the apply of weekly testing at occasions.

“Given the rise in instances throughout the nation, resumption of some degree of serial testing is a risk,” mentioned Andy Levinson, senior vp, event administration for the PGA Tour, in an e-mail. “Nonetheless, at the moment with our excessive vaccination charges throughout core constituents, our medical advisors haven’t advisable testing of asymptomatic people no matter vaccination standing.”

The PGA Tour reported that 85 % of its “constituents’ are absolutely vaccinated. That features a fee above 70 % for gamers and above 90 % for caddies. Others included and who have been routinely examined at tournaments have been guidelines officers, event directors and media relations personnel.

When the Tour resumed play in June of 2020 following a three-month shutdown because of the pandemic, it required weekly testing on website, with tweaks made alongside the way in which. Those that weren’t at a event have been required to check at house and once more on website. Gamers who took a Tour-organized constitution between occasions have been additionally required to check previous to flying and once more on the subsequent event.

A number of high-profile gamers examined optimistic over the previous yr, together with Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau.

In April, the Tour introduced it will solely take a look at these gamers, caddies and assist personnel who weren’t absolutely vaccinated, then determined to cease it fully on the 3M Championship in Minnesota final month.

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