AGA-BC Publishes Best Practices Manual for BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19

Originally Released April 20, 2020, updated March 11, 2021

BC’s Provincial Health Officer announced the first relaxation of restrictions on public gatherings on March 11th – in anticipation of further updates to health orders, travel advisories, and guidance, the AGA-BC has revised the Best Practices Manual with updated information, links, and current best-practice guidelines.

With over 300 golf courses in all areas of the province, it is critical that all golf operations in British Columbia align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), regional health authorities and other authorities such as Health Canada and WorksafeBC.

To be clear, the government of British Columbia has not mandated the temporary closure of golf courses. While operations are allowed to proceed, in order to ensure safety and contribute towards containing the spread of the virus, golf operators providing services must take every health and safety precaution for their employees and customers. 

The Allied Golf Association of BC (AGA-BC) advocates the critical role that golf plays in the Canadian economy and supports the following statement from ‘We Are Golf’, the National Allied Golf Associations:

 “We Are Golf is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our members, golfers, staff, volunteers and industry stakeholders as well as every Canadian in the communities where we live, work and play.”

Key statement from AGA – BC:

 “Golf is good for our health, our environment, and the economy of British Columbia.”

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is imperative that all BC golf courses continue to implement and improve the COVID-19 physical distancing, disinfection and other procedures outlined in the following best management practices document.

Please note this is not a legal document.  It will be updated as new information becomes available; however, every golf operator must follow all PHO orders.  Please visit for industry updates, news and to sign-up for the AGA-BC e-newsletter.

The Allied Golf Association of British Columbia (AGA-BC) is a member of the National Allied Golf Association and unifies five provincial golf industry sector organizations (British Columbia Golf, British Columbia Golf Marketing Alliance, British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association, Canadian Society of Club Managers – BC, Western Canada Turf Grass Association) to provide one cohesive voice for the golf industry of British Columbia.

Minister’s Statement on COVID-19 Support for Sport Sector

April 1, 2020 – Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has released the following statement about immediate responses to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for B.C.’s amateur sport sector:

“Government invests more than $50 million annually to make sure everyone has opportunities to participate in and enjoy the benefits of sport.

“COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing has had a significant impact on everyone, including those in the sport sector. B.C.’s sport leaders responded quickly to the orders, direction and recommendations from the provincial health officer and cancelled tournaments, training schedules and other activities to protect people’s health. We understand this has had a significant impact on the province’s athletes, coaches, officials, sport organization staff and volunteers.

“Starting in April 2020, the Province, through viaSport, will provide provincial, disability and multi-sport organizations with the ability to access $5 million, which represents 50% of their annual 2020-21 provincial funding allocation, to provide these organizations with access to cashflow sooner.

“Sport plays a powerful role in helping people lead healthy, productive lives and contributes to the health and wellness of our communities. These measures are what we can do right away within the existing sport sector budget to help organizations during the pandemic. This is a first step and we will have more to announce regarding additional supports for the sector in the weeks ahead.”

Learn More:

ViaSport’s FAQ for provincially funded sport organizations:

Provincial support for the COVID-19 pandemic:

Supports for B.C.’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic:

For information and supports that are not health-related, call 1 888 COVID19 anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week, or visit: