The Honda Classic has taken advanced measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, as health and safety is the top priority for all involved in the tournament. While on the grounds of PGA National Resort & Spa, fans are asked to wear a mask, social distance, and follow all signage posted.
And fans will be closely monitored. A Health and Safety Committee comprised of about 100 volunteers will be roaming the course along with security and law enforcement to assist in policy enforcement and spectator education.
The Health and Safety Committee will have access to report any uncooperative or unruly fans to the Palm Beach Gardens police.
An extensive set of COVID-19 health and safety measures developed in conjunction with CDC guidelines have been implemented to promote a safe environment and quality experience on the golf course.
This includes the three Ws: Wear a Mask, Watch Your Distance, and Wash Your Hands.
Those running the event are asking for the steadfast participation of everyone on-site to ensure a safe environment for guests, players, caddies, volunteers and staff.
It is important that everyone on-site practices social distancing in order to help maintain a safe environment. While on-site, fans are asked to pay attention to visual and verbal cues for capacity, directional flow and viewing area guidelines.
Masks are required at at all times, both indoors and outdoors, with limited exceptions. Exceptions include:
Medical Conditions that make wearing a mask difficult
Children under the age of 2
While actively eating or drinking
Fans should bring their own CDC approved face covering or cloth mask from home. Per CDC guidelines, a face shield is not an appropriate substitute for a face covering. Masks will be provided by the tournament to those guests who do not bring their own. Masks should fit snugly around the sides of the face and cover the nose, mouth and chin. Masks must be affixed prior to arrival at the main entry gate.
Prior to Arrival
Those who feel ill or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be admitted to PGA Tour tournaments. Fans are asked to check their temperature before arrival to confirm they do not have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
Upon arrival to the event, each guest will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. After completion, they will proceed through standard security checks and bag search in a safe and socially distant manner.
Rory Sabbatini tees off from the 17th with Anirban Lahiri, right, during a practice round for the Honda Classic at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on March 16, 2021. GREG LOVETT/PALMBEACHPOST
Fans are required to present a valid ticket to enter tournament grounds via the contactless admissions process. They will proceed through the gates once a valid scan has been registered. Spectators are asked to practice social distancing when queuing for entry and wear their mask at all times.
Signage & Guidelines
Spectators will notice increased safety signage throughout the golf course, as well as visual and verbal reminders of safe behavior guidelines and a Code of Conduct that must be adhered to while on-site. Failure to comply with any posted or verbal guidelines may result in consequential action, including expulsion from the tournament grounds.
Onsite Transactions and Payments
The tournament has worked to enable contactless payments across key point of sale locations on-course so guests can purchase the things they love using a safer cashless method in a clean environment.
Fans will have the opportunity to order concessions via their phone and pick up their order at select locations throughout the course. The Goslings Bear Trap will also have mobile ordering in each of the three zones with food and beverage delivered to tables. At the Champagne Lounge featuring Taittinger, mobile ordering will also be available with food and beverages delivered to tables on the lawn.
Ropeline and Bleacher Policy
Consumption of food and beverage is prohibited within 10 feet of the rope line. Masks must be worn at all times within 10 feet of the rope line, even when in possession of food and beverage.
There will be enhanced sanitization protocols in place to ensure all areas are routinely cleaned and sanitized. Sanitization and handwashing are encouraged throughout your time on-site. Guests are permitted to bring their own sanitizer from home.
For the health and safety of everyone on property, no handshakes, first bumps, autographs, photographs or selfies, are permitted this year. Fans are asked not to have contact with players.