All indoor and outdoor golf clubs and facilities in England, including driving ranges, have been required to shut down with immediate effect during the third national lockdown, which the U.K. government has just imposed and reinforced in connection with the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic. Golf retailers will be able to operate a click-and-collect service during the full lockdown for goods that are pre-ordered and either collected off the premises or delivered. Along with other industry bodies, England Golf, which is part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, expressed its disappointment with the news. The sport governing body claimed it had made “a strong case in recent months to keep golf open during the national lockdowns and in the regional tier system,” while gyms and other indoor sports facilities were closed. On Jan. 4, there were 26,626 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England, representing an increase of over 30 percent in just one week, according to figures from the U.K. government. On Jan. 5, when the new full lockdown entered into force, the number of new daily confirmed Covid-19 cases across the U.K. topped 60,000 for the first time. Golf courses in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales are also closed. Meanwhile, golf courses in Scotland will remain open for two-ball play for up to two households only. Crossing borders for those living outside of Scotland is currently illegal, unless it is for essential work reasons.