'Common sense': Controversial golf toilet ban canned after backlash

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured right) during a media conference and (pictured left) amateur golfers.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured right) revered the decision to disallow entry into indoor toilets at golf and tennis clubs. (Getty Images)

The Victorian Government has reversed its decision to ban entry to indoor toilets at golf and tennis courts after severe backlash.

Earlier in the week, the Victorian government lifted a ban on recreational golf and tennis, a move welcomed by tens of thousands in the state.

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However restrictive guidelines put in place have banned access to all indoor areas of clubs, including toilets.

This prompted swift backlash after patrons questioned where they would go to the toilet.

However, on Sunday, the state government reversed its decision to allow patrons to use toilets indoors and outdoors, according to The Age.

Patrons will have to sign in with a QR code and facilities will need to be cleaned twice a day.

Gold and tennis fans rejoiced at the news, which was hailed as 'common sense prevailing'.

Victorian government's backlash over golf toilet ban

Reacting to the toilet ban on 3AW radio earlier in the week, Royal Melbourne Golf Club captain Andrew Kirby said it was a “joke” and a “breach of human rights”.

“I know the blokes can do a number one in the trees, but there are lots of women playing,” he said.

“We’ve been through this opening and closing and opening again so many times that you’d think they’d get it a little more down pat.

"To be honest, I think the problem I see is too much micro-regulation of it."

“Maybe there’s been a miscommunication or something has been misconstrued but we have staff there, we have lots of women playing, we have people with medical conditions – they need to use the toilets.

“It’s just a bit disappointing after the excitement of opening yesterday.”

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