Golf Courses, Marinas, Other Outdoor Activities to Reopen on May 1

Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49th) is applauding today’s announcement that golf courses, marinas and other outdoor activities will reopen this Friday (May 1).

“This is fantastic news for everyone, but especially for the Erie County region where sailing, fishing, golfing and other outdoor recreational activities are essential parts of our local economy,” Senator Laughlin said. “This is an important step for the rebuilding of our local community and for the Commonwealth as a whole.”

Starting Friday, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the state to include specifics for how these outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.

In an April 20 letter, Senator Laughlin called on the Governor to follow the example of neighboring states and reopen marinas and golf courses in Pennsylvania for recreational use. Senator Laughlin said New York, Connecticut and New Jersey allow marinas to operate as long as guidelines for social distancing and sanitation are followed.

“This recreational avenue is certainly as in important in Pennsylvania, especially in Erie County, as it is in the aforementioned states,” Senator Laughlin wrote. “I ask that you give serious consideration to allow the reopening of these facilities with appropriate precautions.”

Senator Laughlin also noted in his letter that golf courses in New York and other states are open.

“I would also encourage you to take a serious look at opening golf courses,” he wrote. “I fear we will see many golfers crossing the border for a round of golf. Obviously that will be detrimental to Pennsylvania golf courses and the related economy.”


Contact:           Matt Azeles        

Senator Laughlin’s April 20 letter to the Governor

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