Restrictions loosened: Michigan High School Athletic Association approves larger groups gathering in Upper Peninsula

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By Journal Sports Staff
MARQUETTE — Restrictions for Michigan High School Athletic Association-member schools in some areas of the state, including the entire Upper Peninsula, have been loosened a bit this week based on recommendations issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office last Friday.
Taking effect Wednesday, schools in the U.P. and northwestern Lower Peninsula could conduct indoor activities with up to 50 people and outdoor activities with up to 250.
Several conditions must be observed — social distancing and proper cleaning of equipment as noted on June 2.
In addition, two of the original conditions from the first pronouncement made in May must also be met — school administrators announce that school facilities are open to students and staff, and that the original academic school year — before closures took place due to the coronavirus pandemic — has ended.
In all cases everywhere in the state, competition is not allowed because of social distancing requirements.
The MHSAA noted that even though groups of 50 are allowed indoors in the U.P., it recommends smaller groups of the same students continue to work out together. That would allow better response and easier tracing if a positive case of coronavirus is discovered.
And since most weight rooms can’t accomodate social distancing for groups of close to 50, the MHSAA recommends cycling in smaller groups with proper cleaning of equipment between rotations.
The parts of the Lower Peninsula not covered by these loosening of restrictions can expect that happen down the road.
Similar advisories will accompany future updates to the “MHSAA/NFHS Guidance for Re-Opening School Sports” with complete updates found on the MHSAA website at www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.