Trump Organization begins reopening its golf properties


Several Trump Organization golf properties previously closed to comply with various business restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak have reopened.

Trump National Doral Miami Golf Club reopened for members on Friday and as of Saturday, guests of the hotel are also able to golf. Those golfing will have to follow new protocol that includes: having to wear a face mask when approaching the club house, abiding by social distancing guidelines at all times, not shaking hands or sharing golf clubs and limiting the type of golf carts that can be used. The new procedures were posted to the Miami golf club’s website as of Saturday.

Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been open only to members since Wednesday. And Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, reopened Saturday, also to members only. Trump National Golf Club Washington, DC, in Potomac Falls VA, is open Saturday. Representatives for the club would not say if it was ever closed.

CNN previously reported that the Doral and West Palm Beach properties collectively furloughed 713 workers due to the coronavirus outbreak. An additional 102 employees were furloughed from the Potomac Falls property.

The reopenings come more than a month after the Trump Organization initially announced temporary closings at various facilities citing local, state and federal mandates. At that time, state leaders had issued stay-at-home orders that closed all nonessential businesses in Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Virginia and Washington, DC. Some of those orders have since been relaxed.

Trump and his family have been barred from seeking relief from a Treasury Department $500 billion lending program included in the $2 trillion stimulus package he signed in March.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the coronavirus was costing Trump Organization properties over a million dollars in lost revenue daily while closed, and The Washington Post reported the company had laid off or furloughed nearly 1,500 employees at its hotels in the United States and Canada.

In the last couple of weeks, the President has been eager for Americans to return to work, despite a lag in testing capacity for coronavirus. In mid-April, Trump assembled a bipartisan task force aimed at reopening the economy and laid out a three-phase approach for states to ease restrictions.

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