“Like many of the other courses in the area, we want to offer an outlet for people in Vermilion Parish to get some fresh air. But, the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff is our top priority, along with those in the community. After reevaluating the measures we are taking at Southern Oaks Country Club, our team acknowledges that we must strengthen our efforts and become stricter on those that do not adhere to the guidelines set in place. This is uncharted territory for us, as well as other businesses throughout Acadiana. We sincerely apologize for any unnecessary fear caused. We truly love Vermilion Parish and will do our best to alleviate its residents’ concerns from this point further.”
The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office has received complaints about the local golf course “ Southern Oaks” in Abbeville being open during the Governor’s proclamation under the COVID-19 pandemic. We have reached out to the owner of the golf course and he says that they have modified their operations to ensure compliance with the proclamation and guidelines to include:
1. Only serving food to go and have removed the tables and chairs inside the building making sure that no one can congregate and as a result must get their orders and exit.
2. Strictly adhering to the limit of 3 customers in the building at any given time.
3. Limiting golfers to groups of 10 playing while on the course and says that the course is large enough to accommodate several groups allowing them to all maintain their 6-foot social distance.
4. Workers complete a wipe down of golf carts after players turn them in.
At this time, Southern Oaks Golf Course’s decision to remain open is under review by the Sheriff’ Office as it relates to whether or not a golf course can be open with modified operations and be in compliance with the Governor’s proclamation and federal guidelines for businesses under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of these guidelines are vague, leaving compliance open for debate. We are also seeking more information from around the state in other jurisdictions whether or not “golf courses” with modified operations are allowed to remain open. Once this review is completed, we will determine the appropriate course of action and contact the owner.
We understand the hardships our local businesses and people are facing under this unprecedented emergency and although we fully support our local businesses within the Parish, we also have to make sure businesses are in compliance with the Governor’s proclamation and federal guidelines so that we can protect and keep the public safe during this emergency.
Until the review is complete, Richard hopes everyone can continue to do their part to keep the community safe.