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Massachusetts Men Arrested For Golfing In Rhode Island

April 6, 2020

Unlike Massachusetts, golfing is still allowed in Rhode Island for the time being — but only if you’re from Rhode Island.

Three Massachusetts residents snuck in a round of golf at Meadow Brook Golf Course in Rhode Island last week, as The Washington Examiner reports, and it did not end up going well for them.

The three men, ages 51, 22, and 22, were each charged with misdemeanors and issued summonses for violating Rhode Island’s quarantine order for attempting to play golf.

A current executive order from the governor of Rhode Island states that anyone coming to Rhode Island from out-of-state must self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus.

However, the group stopped at a McDonald’s in Rhode Island so that they could switch cars to one with a Rhode Island license plate so they would not be caught in the golf course parking lot. Even so, McDonald’s employees reported them to the police, and they were caught when they got back to their own cars.

In Massachusetts, golf has not been allowed since Monday, March 23, although courses were taking major safety precautions before then. 

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