Gyms, Sports Facilities Reopen Today with Health and Safety Guidelines

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday signed Executive Orders 2020-176 and 2020-175 reopening Michigan gyms and pools and allowing for organized sports practices and competitions to resume as well as outlining strict workplace safety measures for these venues respectively. This announcement was followed by an extension of Michigan’s State of Emergency declaration until Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to allow the state to continue to mobilize resources and take the reasonable and necessary steps to protect Michiganders and their families.

Guidelines for gym reopenings include:

  • Requiring the wearing of masks at all times, including during times of exercise.
  • Configuring workout stations or implement protocols to enable six feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions.
  • Reducing class sizes to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals.
  • Providing equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym.

For organized sports, guidelines include:

  • 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.

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