Arizona Declares Golf An Essential Activity Despite Pandemic

The state of Arizona has made a questionable decision during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the federal government encouraging social distancing, the state has declared golf an “essential activity” and included it along with acceptable outdoor activities.

Doug Ducey, the governor of Arizona, signed the executive order this week.

A shelter in place order has been declared, but golf fanatics can still enjoy their time out on the links if they choose to do so.

According to the policy, essential activities include: “Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence.”

It also approves of “engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.”

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 3,000 deaths in the United States which surpasses the death toll of the September 11 terrorist in New York City — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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