According to the USGA, a limited number of fans will be allowed to attend its two major championships this June in California: the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego (June 17-20) and the U.S. Women’s Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco (June 3-6).
However, all spectators will have to follow California’s COVID-19 guidelines: residents must provide a negative COVID test, or proof of vaccination, while out-of-state attendees must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination, 14 days ahead of each event.
Additionally – even if vaccinated, face masks and social distancing will be required at all times on the golf course, for each USGA event.
The men’s championship will be contested at Torrey Pines in San Diego, which sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The women will tee it up at the Olympic Club which skirts the Pacific Ocean on its west side and Lake Merced on its northeast border.
“Last year, we missed the energy that fans bring to our U.S. Open championships,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director, Championships. “We are grateful to our local and state health and safety officials in California to be in a position to welcome some fans back this year to witness the greatest players in the world contending for these prestigious championships, while working to maintain the health and safety of all involved.”
- Face coverings will be required for fans, staff and volunteers;
- Face coverings must be worn at all times, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status;
- All fans, staff, and volunteers will be required to abide by social distancing guidelines;
- State of California residents must show proof that vaccination against COVID-19 has occurred at least 14 days prior to the championships or that a negative test result has been received;
- Out-of-state fans will be required to provide proof that vaccination against COVID-19 has occurred at least 14 days prior to the championship;
- Sanitization stations will be available throughout the grounds, and spectators will be permitted to bring hand sanitizer.
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