If the ban on golf carts is not changed for disabled people, the state or the field itself may face legal challenges.
The American Disability Act, which became law in 1990, provides protection for people with disabilities in various aspects, including public accommodations such as golf courses. Title III of this law states, “No one shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, benefits, or accommodation of any public accommodation by anyone who owns, rents ( or rent to), or operate public accommodation. “
An argument can be made that banning carts and effectively eliminating the ability of people with disabilities to play golf can be called discriminatory, even during a pandemic.
Baldauff did not answer specifically if Evers’s order could replace the ADA if deemed necessary in the fight against COVID-19.
“We communicate regularly with stakeholders throughout the state when we implement the governor’s Badger Bounce Back plan. “As the governor said, the state approached it like turning a dial, not turning a switch,” Baldauff wrote in an email. “That means we will follow the science and guidance of public health experts as we strive to return to our Wisconsin way of life, but we will also be flexible enough to make changes as we move forward.”