Michigan Adds 2 Weeks to Youth Sports ‘Pause’ on Practices & Competitions

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced this week that the state’s emergency epidemic order would be extended by 12 days in order to “determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.”

That means that the order that paused all youth and high school sports in the state for 3 weeks in mid-November will now extend until at least December 20. The original order could have expired as early as Tuesday.

The pause includes both practices and competitions, though pools can remain open for ‘individual exercise.’ College and professional sports that meet ‘extraordinary standards for risk mitigation’ can continue.

The order took effect a few days before the Michigan High School Girls’ State Swimming & Diving Championship meets were scheduled to take place on November 21. An updated plan has the swimming & diving state championships scheduled for December 23, along with the conclusion of the state volleyball and football playoffs. The MHSAA announced that if the state were to reopen Tuesday, winter sports, including boys swimming & diving, would have begun on January 4. The organization has not announced if that will change with the new extension.

Since Michigan’s initial order was put in place in mid-November, the number of new daily cases in the state have begun to flatline and then gradually decrease. On November 17, the 7-day rolling average of new coronavirus cases was 7,347. On December 9, that 7-day average had fallen to 6,509.

Deaths and hospitalizations, which typically lag behind fluctuations in new coronavirus infections, have continued to rise, though more have left hospitals than been admitted for 7 consecutive days according to New York Times data.

Other restrictions include:

  • Indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at one time (the state is encouraging families to choose a single other household for a ‘social bubble’)
  • Indoor dining at bars and restaurants must stop.
  • Casinos, movie theaters, and group exercise classes will be closed.
  • Other entertainment venues, like bowling centers, ice skating rinks, and indoor water parks, must also close.
  • Colleges and high schools are required to end all in-person classes and move to remote learning.
  • Workers must work from home, unless it is impossible to do so (such as manufacturing, construction, etc.)

While the measures are a roll-back from the gradual opening that has taken place since the first peak of cases in mid-April, they won’t be as strict this time around. Among the activities allowed to continue:

  • Retail sales
  • Small outdoor gatherings, limited to 25 people or fewer
  • Two-household gatherings
  • Hair salons, barbershops, and other personal services
  • Gyms and pools, for individual exercise
  • Public transit will continue to operate
  • Childcare services
  • Funerals (with up to 25 people)
  • Parks and outdoor recreation activities remain open
  • Kindergarten through 8th grade in-person instruction

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Corn Pop
1 year ago

Ppl will be going to funerals for somewhere to go .25 allowed in there !

Swim mom
1 year ago

Really sucks, especially because it also means no meets in the state of Michigan during the Winter Jr Championship period and other states mostly have closed meets to their specific lsc (which is understandable due to covid) but does not give kids in Michigan (and other states closed for that matter) an opportunity to race. Screws out high school swimmers as well, especially because the decision on what to do now by the mhsaa is postponed

Ernie and Bert.
1 year ago

Just remember her at election time. Those in Michigan voted her in. They can vote her out as well.

Reply to  Ernie and Bert.
1 year ago

I know the article says that Whitmer announced the extension, but this is a health department order, not an order of the governor.

Reply to  frizzaly
1 year ago

Well, lets me honest with ourselves here, she hasn’t exactly done the best for her state and has actively sought dictatorial powers within the state defying the state’s supreme court orders.

Brian M
1 year ago

I don’t know why they keep kicking the can down the road, just cancel everything until spring. These decisions are being driven more by fear and politics then scientific reasoning, so I don’t see anything opening up soon. Also, it is worth noting that the NYT data for COVID-19 is significantly higher then my state department of health information almost on a daily basis ( almost +/- 1,000 cases per day in some instances) so not sure where they are getting their data.

Reply to  Brian M
1 year ago

Per ky state Covid sight – 20% of cases are “probable “

2000/2100 deaths over 60
Half over 80 years old

18 deaths under 40

Stop crushing young people
Vaccinate nursing homes now

That would fix 75% of the problems

Clownley Honks
1 year ago

Just two more weeks guys!

Reply to  Clownley Honks
1 year ago

They keep adding more weeks. Just like CA and WA.

1 year ago

One thing you have to look forward to from this is USA Swimming raising your membership dues and providing less services in return…

Last edited 1 year ago by Guerra
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

I don’t think USAS can be blamed for the Michigan Gov . . .

1 year ago

Great… now all kids will die earlier because they are obese

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