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Covid-19 Victoria: Golfers infuriated by bizarre ‘toilet ban’ as Melbourne lockdown eases

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Outraged golfers lash out at bizarre rule forbidding them to use the TOILET after sport was green-lighted in locked-down Melbourne

  • Golfers furious over rule change banning them from going to the toilet on their course
  • Golf clubs allowed to reopen in Melbourne now 80 percent single dose has been reached
  • But the sport’s governing body said officials told them to keep toilet blocks closed
  • Royal Melbourne Golf Club captain Andrew Kirby said it violates human rights










Victorian golfers have been left furious after being allowed to enjoy their sport for the first time in weeks – only for authorities to ban them from using the toilet while on the course.

Golf clubs in Melbourne were allowed to reopen on Wednesday as a reward for reaching the 80 percent milestone of the single dose of Covid vaccination.

But the sport’s governing body revealed that evening that health officials had told them to keep all indoor facilities, including toilet blocks, closed to their members.

“Please note, toilets must remain closed in your facility,” Golf Australia told its members in a statement informing them of the new rules.

Victorian golfers have been left furious after being allowed back on the courses only to be denied the toilet during their round. Pictured: On September 29, a golfer is seen playing at Melbourne’s Albert Park golf course

“Please note, toilets must remain closed in your facility,” Golf Australia told its members in a statement to inform them of the new rules

Royal Melbourne Golf Club captain Andrew Kirby lashes out at the rules imposed on the city's golf clubs

Royal Melbourne Golf Club captain Andrew Kirby lashes out at the rules imposed on the city’s golf clubs

“This is different from previous advice on the subject, and GA will take urgent action with the government on this point as we fully understand that this is a significant burden.”

Royal Melbourne Golf Club captain Andrew Kirby said the rules are a “human rights violation” as players spend several hours on the course at a time.

“I know the guys can do a number one in the trees, but there are a lot of women playing,” he said. 3AW.

Mr Kirkby said golf courses had made every effort to make their facilities Covid safe for their members, for example by banning golf scorecards in favor of an app.

“Maybe there has been a miscommunication or something has been misunderstood, but we have staff there, we have a lot of women playing, we have people with medical conditions – they have to use the toilets,” he said.

Ex-Victorian opposition leader Michael O’Brien urged V Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton to review the ban given the number of people in the community with bowel and bladder disorders.

Residents were photographed Thursday at the Highlands Shopping Center in Craigieburn in the north Melbourne city of Hume.  State hits 80 percent single-dose Covid vaccination milestone this week

Residents were photographed Thursday at the Highlands Shopping Center in Craigieburn in the north Melbourne city of Hume. State hits 80 percent single-dose Covid vaccination milestone this week

“Please confirm that this is not correct,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Or are you really demanding that golf courses close all toilets?”

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said health officials were investigating the toilet rule but said the restrictions were “much more complicated than they may seem”.

“A question has been asked, it is being followed up and hopefully a positive answer can be found soon,” he said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said health officials were investigating the toilet rule on golf courses but said the restrictions were 'much more complex than they may appear'

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said health officials were investigating the toilet rule on golf courses but said the restrictions were ‘much more complex than they may appear’

Mr Andrews also lifted the curfew from 9pm to 5am in Melbourne on Monday as vaccination rates continue to rise while up to five people from two households can gather outside.

Non-essential businesses are still not allowed to reopen, restaurants are only available for takeaway.

However, Victoria then recorded the largest one-day rise in infections ever on Thursday, with 1,438 cases.

Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said AFL Grand Final parties and barbecues are directly linked to the dramatic increase.

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