Gov. Whitmer urges pause of in-person high school classes, indoor dining, youth sports

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday that she is recommending Michiganders voluntarily pause in-person activities for high schools, indoor dining and youth sports for the next two weeks.

Whitmer is recommending that all high schools pause in-person learning for two weeks and switch to virtual instruction.

State health officials are also recommending that youth sports suspend in-person activities, including games and practices, for two weeks. 

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, recommended that Michiganders avoid dining indoors at restaurants for the next two weeks and instead dine outside or get take-out from local restaurants.

The recommendations follow a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations around the state.

The governor did not sign any new executive actions, orders or mandates on Friday but instead is asking for residents’ voluntary compliance with the recommendations.

Whitmer also called on the federal government to send additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Michigan.

By the end of the day on Friday, Michigan will have hit more than five million vaccinations against the virus.

Michigan reported 7,834 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 new deaths on Friday.

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