The health and well-being of all spectators, volunteers, players, caddies, and staff remains the number one priority for the PGA of America and our Championships. In coordination with the State of South Carolina, our medical services provider MUSC Health, and CDC guidelines, an extensive set of COVID-19 health and wellness measures have been developed to promote a responsible environment at the 2021 PGA Championship.
While the excitement of major championship golf and the beauty of Kiawah Island will remain, many aspects of the spectator experience will be adapted. We encourage everyone to closely review the policies and procedures below before heading to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort this May.
Note: All policies and procedures to ensure the health and well-being of all stakeholders are subject to change at the PGA’s discretion or by recommendation of the CDC, MUSC Health or state officials.
HEALTH & WELLNESS POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Face coverings are required for all spectators, staff and volunteers (ages 2 and up), including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary, remain 15 feet from the rope line, and maintain appropriate social distancing.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow you to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, face shields, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
Masks will be available for those who do not bring their own. The use of face coverings is not a substitute for social distancing.
All spectators, staff, and volunteers are expected to maintain appropriate social distancing at the Championship. While on-site, pay attention to visual and verbal indications for capacity, directional flow, and viewing area guidelines. Spectators should avoid others who are not a part of their group by at least six feet and maintain at least 15 feet of distance from the rope line when consuming any food or beverage.
Prior to boarding any PGA-operated shuttle or gaining access on-site, spectators will be subject to a health screening. Anyone experiencing or exhibiting symptoms will not be permitted on-site and will be directed to behave according to CDC and MUSC Health guidelines. Anyone feeling ill or displaying COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.
Signage & Guidelines
Attendees will notice increased health and wellness signage throughout the grounds, as well as visual and verbal reminders of responsible behavior. Failure to comply with any posted or verbal guidelines may result in consequential action, including expulsion from the Championship grounds.
Consumption of food and beverage is prohibited within 15 feet of the rope line. Various socially distanced dining areas will be available throughout the grounds.
For the health and well-being of all spectators on-site, no grandstands will be constructed.
All direct player-spectator interaction is prohibited. For the health and well-being of everyone on-site, no handshakes, fist bumps, or autographs will be permitted and all spectators and volunteers are asked to maintain social distancing between themselves and players/caddies.
Ticketing and Admissions
All spectator tickets will be delivered digitally in April 2021. More information regarding the use and accessibility of spectator tickets will be communicated directly to ticket holders.
Food & Beverage
No food or beverage may be consumed within 15 feet of the rope line. Spectators will be encouraged to consume food and beverage in socially distanced dining areas away from play.
All on-site transactions will be contactless. No cash will be accepted. Credit card or mobile will be the only acceptable payment methods.
Sanitization and Cleaning
The PGA Championship will have enhanced sanitization protocols in place to ensure all areas are routinely cleaned and sanitized. Sanitization and handwashing are encouraged throughout your time on-site and additional sanitation stations will be available throughout the grounds. Spectators are permitted to bring their own hand sanitizer from home.
Transportation and Parking
Masks will be required at all times in PGA operated parking lots and shuttles. For the health and well-being of all spectators, volunteers, and staff, shuttles will be loaded from the rear seats forward and emptied from the front seats back. Guests will be permitted to sit with those in their party and required to leave space (at least one seat) between themselves and those outside of their party.
All PGA-operated shuttles will be cleaned and sanitized between each ride.
If you begin to feel ill or have symptoms once on-site, go directly to a First Aid location. Medical professionals will be ready to assist you in accordance with their COVID-19 protocols.
Spectator Health Promise
All spectators, staff, and volunteers must agree that they will not attend the Championship if any one or more of the following is true on the day of attendance:
- Within the prior 14 days, they have tested positive for, or been exposed (close contact - less than 6 feet - for 15 minutes or more) to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
- Within the prior 48 hours, they have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4⁰F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the CDC);
- They have traveled to any state or international territory identified by federal or applicable local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.
Please note: According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19. We encourage all guests to visit the CDC’s website to learn more about COVID-19, its symptoms, recommended prevention measures and much more. Based on this information, all guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the Championship.
Despite measures to mitigate, elimination of risk of contracting or transmitting a communicable disease, including, but not limited to, COVID-19, is not currently possible.