We bring you the latest news from Government, the legislation you need to know, and what's going on in the wider GCMA world... This week: The Government responds after a petition to keep English courses open during lockdown reached more than 130,000 signatures; we point you in the direction of expert advice following the Supreme Court's ruling on business interruption insurance, and we have a date for your diary... GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO PETITION TO KEEP GOLF COURSES OPEN Hopes that a petition to keep golf courses open would reverse the decision to close clubs during English lockdown appear to have been dashed by the Government. Paul Marton’s call, which was hosted on Parliament’s Petitions website, gained more than 130,000 signatures and asked to “allow golf to be played with appropriate safety measures”. But a response from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Sport is crucial for our mental and physical health. That’s why we have continued to make sure that people can exercise. Given the seriousness of the current situation golf courses have had to close.” A fuller explanation added that while “golf has great reach across society”, “the current spread of the virus risks the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed. This is something we cannot allow to happen and is why the current national lockdown was introduced”. The petition will be given a Parliamentary debate, as it has passed 100,000 signatures, but it has yet to be scheduled. Click here for the full story, and DCMS response. Further Information on Business Interruption Claims Following last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court, the Sports & Recreation Alliance have obtained further details from Gateley Legal's insurance expert, Jane Hobbs, on what the judgement means for businesses. You can find out her thoughts, and what policyholders need to do next, by clicking here. THE BUDGET The Government has announced the Budget will take place on Wednesday, March 3. It is expected the Chancellor will outline the next steps to protect the economy from the impacts of the pandemic. MEMBER REQUEST One of our members is considering introducing Course Marshals using volunteers and would be interested in discussing this with anyone who has been successful in the past. Please email [email protected] who will co-ordinate.
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