With today’s press conference and public release of the MDHHS epidemic order effective as of Saturday, January 16, the following is information known at this time. With the Representative Council scheduled to meet tomorrow, January 14, further information and additional details will be made communicated out in the next few days.
Here is initial guidance pertaining to school sports based on today’s announcement and release of the updated MDHHS order:
- No changes have been made to the three remaining fall sports in the MDHHS pilot rapid testing program; since the updated order goes into effect on Saturday, the two fall non-contact sports of girls swimming & diving and volleyball must continue with testing this week.
- Winter teams may continue with OUTDOOR conditioning activities through Friday, January 15.
On Saturday, January 16, the following changes go into effect for school sports:
- The non-contact winter sport of swimming and diving may begin practices on January 16 and compete starting on January 22.
- The non-contact sports of bowling and gymnastics may begin practice on January 16 and compete starting on January 25.
- MSHS winter contact sports as defined by MDHHS include basketball, hockey and wrestling. These three sports may begin indoor practices with no physical contact on January 16. There must be at least 6 feet of distance between each occupied workout station with spaces and activities set up to maintain 6 feet between all persons at all times.
- Based on the order, the first day of competition for winter contact sports would be on February 1 with new MHSAA tournament dates to be established by the end of this week.
- The MHSAA will continue to actively advocate for an earlier start to competition and physical contact practices in these sports given the non-school sports activity within our state, and the school and non-school activity in our three bordering states, all include competition now in winter sports, including wrestling.
- Masks are required of all participants except when actively participating in swimming & diving and gymnastics.
- Under this updated order, spectators for winter sports are limited to 100 persons, except for stadiums and arenas, which are capped at 250. Details regarding limited spectatorship will be shared as competition dates draw closer.
The MHSAA Representative Council will be meeting tomorrow to address new calendar issues and other challenges that today’s MDHHS announcement created. Updated information will be shared after that time.