Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North, Chair of the Petitions Committee, leading the discussions. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will send a minister to respond.
The Committee is currently made up of 11 backbench Members of Parliament from government and opposition parties, including Martyn Day (SNP); Elliot Colburn (Con); Jonathan Gullis (Con); Chris Evans (Lab); Katherine Fletcher (Con); Nick Fletcher (Con); Mike Hill (Lab); Tom Hunt (Con); Tonia Antoniazzi (Lab), and Theresa Villiers (Con).
The petition, which attracted more than 257,000 signatures, stated: “Isolation essential to the Government’s strategy for fighting coronavirus, and UK citizens must remain healthy and exercise whilst keeping adequate distance between people. The Government should allow golf courses to open so families or individuals can play golf in order to exercise safely.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “Sports and physical activity facilities are crucial for adults and children to stay active. The Government’s phased approach is based on scientific and medical advice to protect public health.”