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MHSAA updates guidelines, allowing northern Michigan schools to move workouts indoors starting Wednesday

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY , June 9, 2020, 2:17 pm

Two regions are moving forward — and indoors. 

The Michigan High School Athletic Association on Tuesday updated its reopening guidelines for a workouts in a pair of northern Michigan regions, to incorporate the most recent changes in the recommendations from the office of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Starting Wednesday, schools in Regions 6 and 8 — which includes the north western Lower Peninsula and all of the U.P. — may begin indoor activities with 50 or fewer people, provided social distancing and proper cleaning procedure are still maintained. Schools in those regions may increase the maximum for outdoor participation from 100 to 250 people. 

The governor announced June 5 she was moving those two regions into phase 5 of the “MI Safe Start” plan, starting Wednesday.

Competition is still not allowed in those areas, because of social distancing stipulations.

The MHSAA still recommends that schools in those areas keep workout groups consistent and small, to allow for better contact tracing, should anyone come down with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and that small groups should cycle through weight rooms, since its harder in such confined spaces to maintain social distancing.

Schools in the other six regions should continue to follow the guidelines from last Tuesday’s update, but prepare for putting these processes in place, once their region does move to the next phase of the recovery. 

You can find the full update from the MHSAA by CLICKING HERE.