The PGA Tour will now not require gamers and caddies who’re totally vaccinated to take weekly COVID-19 checks at event websites as a situation of competitors.
The Tour despatched a memo to gamers that was obtained by ESPN that lays out the broad particulars, with extra data to come back.
“Because the COVID-19 vaccine is changing into extra available, extra people are being vaccinated,” the Tour wrote within the memo. “PGA Tour Well being and Security protocol requires people to proceed testing onsite beneath 14 full days have handed since their second dose (Moderna & Pfizer) or 14 full days since their single does (Johnson & Johnson). As soon as 14 days have handed people are now not required to take a COVID-19 take a look at when thought of “contained in the bubble” at PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions or Korn Ferry Tour occasions.”
The FDA and CDC on Monday referred to as for a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Golf Digest first reported the contents of the PGA Tour memo.
Commissioner Jay Monahan has mentioned in earlier interviews that he didn’t foresee the Tour requiring its gamers to be vaccinated, because of the private nature of the method, and that he believed it was a private alternative.
“I feel an important factor proper now’s training, after which we’ll do the whole lot we are able to do help vaccination for our gamers when it is applicable to take action,” Monahan mentioned in March on the Gamers Championship.
However this step clearly encourages them to take action. Presently, all gamers and caddies, in addition to coaches, trainers or brokers who’re a part of their group who need to be at a event, have to be examined on web site. The Tour entered into an settlement with Sanford Well being final yr to manage the checks starting in June after a 13-week break because of the pandemic.
Gamers who don’t play the week beforehand are required to take an in-home take a look at earlier than touring to the positioning. When the Tour presents a constitution service between occasions, it additionally requires gamers to take a take a look at previous to departure.
All of that might be waived if a participant is totally vaccinated.
Though the date is underdetermined at this level, the Tour plans to roll again the on-site COVID-19 take a look at on web site and finally is not going to supply. However these not vaccinated will nonetheless be required to check every week on their very own and ship a detrimental take a look at earlier than being allowed to compete. They won’t be allowed on the course, apply areas or locker room till cleared.
The brand new system may also apply to PGA Tour personnel, officers and anybody else at occasions who’s required to be examined now.