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Michigan’s New COVID Ordinance Allows More Physical Activity Indoors – Everything You Need to Know

LANSING, Mich. – When New COVID-19 order from Michigan goes into effect this weekend, some additional indoor physical activities will be permitted.

Director Robert Gordon, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the new ordinance will go into effect Jan. 16 and last until Jan. 31. The previous MDHHS order was due to expire on Friday.

“For the most part, the prior order stays in place,” Gordon said. “This includes a ban on gatherings inside outside the home where masks are removed. There’s a change. In order to support physical and mental health, we will allow indoor athletics.

Gordon said indoor athletics will be allowed as long as participants wear masks and practice social distancing.

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“So group exercise classes can open with distancing and masks,” Gordon said. “Young people can play sports in the gyms with distancing and masking. “

Playing these same sports competitively in a way that involves contact with others is still not allowed. Outdoor contact sports are also prohibited, except when they fall under the state’s special testing program.

“We are convinced that the MDHHS can lift some of the protocols that were previously in place”, Governor Gretchen Whitmer noted. “Group indoor fitness and exercise classes may resume (Jan. 16) with masks, and non-contact indoor sports may resume.”

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Whitmer said if the numbers continue to move in the right direction, more of the state will reopen in the coming weeks, including a possible resumption on February 1 of indoor meals in restaurants.

MHSAA update

According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Wednesday’s announcement means three more high school non-contact winter sports will be allowed to resume training on Saturday (Jan. 16).

Four winter contact sports can also begin indoor practices with non-contact activities, the MHSAA has announced.

Women’s gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and girls and boys swimming and diving could start competing before the end of January, officials said.

Swimming and diving will start on January 22, and gymnastics and bowling will start on January 25.

Masks will be mandatory for all participants, except when actively participating in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Spectators will be limited to 100 in school gymnasiums or 250 in stadiums and arenas, as ordered by the MDHHS.

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Basketball, competitive cheering, ice hockey and wrestling are considered contact sports and can begin non-contact training on Saturday. Their first competitions are scheduled for February 1.

Due to later competition start times, the MHSAA will adjust tournament dates for these four sports to end later than scheduled. These dates will be announced later this week.

Skiing for girls and boys, as a non-contact outdoor sport, was allowed to start in December.

Fitness club statement

Here is a statement from Michigan Fitness Club Association Vice President Alyssa Tushman:

MFCA applauds Whitmer administration’s announcement (Wednesday) allowing gyms and fitness centers in Michigan to resume group fitness classes and a six-foot distance requirement, as well as the availability of grants for our industry . All of this is crucial for Michigan gyms and fitness centers that were hit hard by last year’s COVID-19 closures, restrictions and membership cancellations.

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“Research announced last week by Henry Ford Health Systems highlights an important fact that we have been emphasizing for months: Physically fit people have better outcomes with COVID 19, mental health and other illnesses.

“The MFCA has promoted the implementation of comprehensive cleaning, disinfection, social distancing and contact tracing protocols to make our member gyms and fitness centers the safest possible environment for our members to continue their health goals, recognizing that good health is more important than ever.

“The continued support from Governor Whitmer and other heads of state to help Michigan’s fitness companies survive this crisis and continue to serve our members is appreciated and remains very important, and we thank the Governor for the announcement of (Tuesday). “

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