This 12 months’s Masters match in April can be attended by a restricted variety of spectators, the Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership introduced Tuesday. The membership, which prohibited fans from the occasion two months in the past, didn’t specify what number of followers can be allowed in 2021, including that spectators can be permitted if, “it may be finished safely.”
The 2020 Masters was postponed from its traditional April date to November due to the coronavirus pandemic and was contested with protocols that included virus testing earlier than the occasion for all gamers, caddies, membership members, employees and different personnel, together with a lowered variety of media members.
Fred Ridley, the membership chairman, stated in an announcement issued Tuesday that comparable well being requirements can be instituted for this 12 months’s match, which is scheduled to be contested from April eight to 11. The Augusta, Ga., membership’s announcement comes because the state reported 16 new coronavirus deaths and 7,957 new cases on Jan. 11. Over the previous week, there was a mean of 9,604 circumstances a day, a rise of 55 % from the typical two weeks earlier.
“Following the profitable conduct of the Masters Event final November with solely important personnel, we’re assured in our means to responsibly invite a restricted variety of patrons to Augusta Nationwide in April,” Ridley stated. “As with the November Masters, we’ll implement practices and insurance policies that may shield the well being and security of everybody in attendance.”
In November, Ridley stated the membership was exploring the power to considerably enhance its testing measures to facilitate a call on whether or not to welcome followers to its subsequent match.
Ridley stated Tuesday that the Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Novice competitors and the Drive, Chip and Putt Nationwide Finals — two occasions canceled final 12 months — can be held on the weekend earlier than the Masters match begins. The membership additionally intends to have a small variety of spectators at every of these competitions.
“Nothing is, or can be, extra necessary than the well-being of all concerned,” Ridley added. “Whereas we’re upset that we are going to be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this 12 months, we’ll proceed our efforts to make sure that all who bought tickets from Augusta Nationwide may have entry in 2022, offered situations enhance.”
The Augusta Nationwide assertion stated that the membership was within the strategy of speaking with all ticket holders and that refunds can be issued to these patrons not chosen to attend.