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Whitmer Opens Gyms, Pools, Allows For High School Sports

Mixed Emotions Result from Friday's Announcement Affecting Student Athletes Statewide

With a new executive order Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed metro Detroit gyms to open at 25 percent capacity. Gyms have been closed since mid-March, they will have the green light to open their doors on September 9th.

The order also opens indoor pools and allows for all fall sports, including football. The governor did recommend against the playing of football and soccer but the MHSAA is moving forward with both.

Football will be able to resume practice on Tuesday, September 8th and then be allowed to go to full pads on the 10th. The season will begin on September 18th with six games, starting at their original Week 4 date.

Any athletic events that will be held indoors will require all participants to wear a mask.

The Detroit Lions open the season in Detroit against the Chicago Bears on September 13th, so for now college football is the only football league not scheduled to play.


MHSAA's Mark Uyl from Mid-August:

“At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall,” MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said. “But while continuing to connect with the Governor’s office, state health department officials, our member schools’ personnel and the council, there is just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to play football this fall."

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