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Vaccinated PGA Tour players no longer have to wear masks

Spectators are reminded to wear their masks at the 12th hole during round three of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic) Pga Wm Phoenix Open Round Three

The PGA Tour loosened its mask-wearing policy on Tuesday, according to GolfChannel.com.

The report indicated that beginning next week vaccinated players will no longer be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated players still must wear masks indoors, though they will be allowed to go mask-free outdoors unless they can’t socially distance themselves from others.

The move comes a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a similar change to its mask-wearing guidelines, saying vaccinated people generally can go without masks indoors and outdoors.

The change reportedly will take effect at next week’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, not at this week’s PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, S.C. The PGA Championship is run by the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour.

Golf Channel also reported that spouses and significant others of players are set to be welcomed back into the players’ “bubble,” where they haven’t been permitted since the tour before took a hiatus in the spring of 2020.

Players’ partners would need to undergo COVID-19 tests at the tournament venue unless they are vaccinated.

–Field Level Media