MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With recent concern over the delta variant of the coronavirus and an increase in positive cases around the country, the PGA Tour this week re-implemented an indoor mask policy for all individuals, but it stopped short of resuming its COVID-19 testing.
Two weeks ago, the tour stopped the practice of weekly testing at events.
“Given the increase in cases across the country, resumption of some level of serial testing is a possibility,” said Andy Levinson, senior vice president, tournament administration for the PGA Tour, in an email. “However, at this time with our high vaccination rates across core constituents, our medical advisors have not recommended testing of asymptomatic individuals regardless of vaccination status.”
The PGA Tour reported that 85% of its “constituents’ are fully vaccinated. That includes a rate above 70% for players and above 90% for caddies. Others who were included and were routinely tested at tournaments: rules officials, tournament administrators and media relations personnel.
When the tour resumed play in June 2020 after a three-month shutdown due to the pandemic, it required weekly testing on site, with tweaks made along the way. Those who were not at a tournament were required to test at home and again on site. Players who took a tour-organized charter between events were also required to test before flying and again at the next tournament.
In April, the tour announced it would test only those players, caddies and support personnel who were not fully vaccinated, then decided to stop testing completely at the 3M Championship in Minnesota last month.