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Golf, pickleball, tennis will be allowed again in Nevada beginning Friday

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Golf in Nevada will reopen on Friday. (NSN file)

Local golfers and tennis players can return to the courses and courts starting Friday.

Nevada governor Steve Sisolak extended the state's stay-at-home orders Wednesday but eased restrictions for some local recreation sporting events beginning Friday.

On April 8, Sisolak deemed golf "non-essential" and ordered courses to close indefinitely. He originally allowed courses to remain open in late March but took more drastic steps after seeing pictures of people riding together in golf carts and standing together on the greens. Sisolak also closed other sports and recreational facilities such as tennis courts, basketball courts and pools.

The new directive eases restrictions on outdoor activities, including golf, pickleball and tennis, if they are played in a way that prevents the spread of COVID-19.

"All golf courses and driving ranges can now reopen, both public and private, but they can only do so if they follow and maintain best practices," Sisolak said in a news release.

Among the requirements for those playing golf, per the release, include but are not limited to:

* Only one person per golf cart except for those who reside in the same household

* Carts must be wiped down with disinfectant spray or wipes before and after each round. This includes steering wheels, cart seats, arm rests, cart dashes, cup holders, gear shifts and cart keys.

* Pull carts and push carts must also be wiped down with disinfectant before and after each round

* Tees, towels, cart coolers and bottled waters should be removed from carts.

* Sand bottles or scoops should be removed and golf course maintenance staff will need to address filling divots until further notice.

* Bag room areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

* Pro Shops and clubhouses should be closed and locked. If pro shop is open for check-in there should not be any merchandise sales, and social distancing measures must be observed.

* Only take out food and beverages can be served – no in-person dining.

* Driving Range hitting stations must be a minimum of six feet apart.

Sisolak is scheduled to lay out a "Roadmap to Recovery" to reopen Nevada's economy during a news conference Thursday at 5 p.m.

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