This 12 months’s Masters event in April will likely be attended by a restricted variety of spectators, the Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership introduced Tuesday. The membership, which prohibited followers from the occasion two months in the past, didn’t specify what number of followers could be allowed in 2021, including that spectators could be permitted if, “it may be executed safely.”
The 2020 Masters was postponed from its typical 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, workers and different personnel, together with a diminished variety of media members.
Fred Ridley, the membership chairman, stated in a press release issued Tuesday that related well being requirements could be instituted for this 12 months’s event, which is scheduled to be contested from April 8 to 11. The Augusta, Ga., membership’s announcement comes because the state reported 16 new coronavirus deaths and seven,957 new circumstances on Jan. 11. Over the previous week, there was a mean of 9,604 circumstances a day, a rise of 55 p.c from the common two weeks earlier.
“Following the profitable conduct of the Masters Match final November with solely important personnel, we’re assured in our capability to responsibly invite a restricted variety of patrons to Augusta Nationwide in April,” Ridley stated. “As with the November Masters, we are going to 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 flexibility to considerably enhance its testing measures to facilitate a call on whether or not to welcome followers to its subsequent event.
Ridley stated Tuesday that the Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Beginner competitors and the Drive, Chip and Putt Nationwide Finals — two occasions canceled final 12 months — could be held on the weekend earlier than the Masters event begins. The membership additionally intends to have a small variety of spectators at every of these competitions.
“Nothing is, or will likely be, extra vital than the well-being of all concerned,” Ridley added. “Whereas we’re disenchanted that we are going to be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this 12 months, we are going to proceed our efforts to make sure that all who bought tickets from Augusta Nationwide could have entry in 2022, supplied situations enhance.”
The Augusta Nationwide assertion stated that the membership was within the strategy of speaking with all ticket holders and that refunds could be issued to these patrons not chosen to attend.