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Illinois golf courses shut down after a reversal from state officials

Chicago Tribune — By Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune

March 26-- CHICAGO-State officials have reversed course and decided to shut down golf courses in Illinois.

The governor's office revised its stay-at-home executive order Thursday. While restaurants and liquor stores can remain open, recreational sports businesses-including golf courses-are "not considered essential businesses" amid the shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That message was delivered to golf industry professionals in a letter late Thursday afternoon. The letter was signed by four groups, including the Illinois Section PGA and Chicago District Golf Association.

The decision is a blow to the golf industry, which is reeling from the effects of COVID-19, and golfers who believe they can maintain a safe social distance while playing.

The Village Links of Glen Ellyn opened Wednesday and drew about 300 golfers, one of whom called it "the happiest I've been in 10 days."

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