Whitmer: Gyms can reopen; sports can resume, but not advised

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday that allows gyms and pools to reopen, and allows for organized sports to resume.

Gyms and pools may begin to reopen on Wednesday, September 9.

She also signed an executive order outlining safety measures gym and pool operators must follow for keeping people safe from the spread of COVID-19.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the best science and data available to make decisions that will keep Michiganders safe, and our hard work is paying off. Today we are announcing the reopening of gyms and pools with strict safety measures in place to protect patrons and their families,” said Governor Whitmer. “I urge everyone who plans to hit the gym after these orders go into effect to take these precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families. Be smart, and stay safe.”

Gyms and pools that reopen must enforce the following measures:

Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise

Configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable six feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions

Reduce class sizes to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals

Provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym.

Spectators for indoor organized sports are limited to the guests of the athletes with each athlete designating up to two guests.

For outdoor sports competitions, the organizer of the competitions must either limit the audience to the guests of the participants with each athlete designating up to two guests, or limit total attendance to 100 people or fewer, including all participants like athletes, coaches, and staff. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also released guidance on organized sports. The state recommends against contact sports at this time, including football, basketball, and soccer.

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