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One day after announcing that she would not yet be allowing fitness centers in Michigan to reopen, Governor Gretchen announced that gyms and public pools will be allowed to resume operation next week.

Movie theaters will remain closed but bowling alleys will be able to open for organized sports.

“Bowling alleys, roller rinks, and ice rinks may be open for the sole purpose of serving as a venue for organized sports under section 7 of this order.”

Executive order 2020-176 will allow pools and fitness centers to begin opening on Wednesday, September 9th, as long as they follow strict protocols in order to keep patrons safe from COVID-19.

Gyms will have to require patrons to wear face masks at all time and must configure equipment to allow for adequate social distancing.

“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,” Governor Whitmer said in a press release. “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.”

Whitmer also gave the green light for people to play organized sports. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, however, cautioned against contact sports.

"Based on current data, contact sports create a high risk of COVID-19 transamission and MDHHS strongly recommends against participating in them at this time," Khaldun said.

The state's top doctor went on to say that we are not yet out of the woods, and urged families to take precautions against COVID-19.


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