Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t comfortable with allowing high school contact sports to begin at this point, especially with the identification of a new COVID-19 variant in a cluster at the University of Michigan.
During a press conference earlier today, Whitmer said she and health officials are monitoring the numbers while also understanding the concerns of student athletes and their parents.
“It’s important that we keep watching the numbers,” Whitmer said. “I understand the concerns that parents and athletes have and their desire to reengage. But I also point to some of the events that happened in the last couple of days. We are seeing this variant growing around Washtenaw County and around the University of Michigan campus. I want to commend the University of Michigan for taking the actions that they did. We think those are the right steps to keep people safe and our job is to curtail the spread of this new variant in Michigan.”
“We got to not let our guard down. We have reengaged restaurants to a certain extent that will increase the amount of people out and about and I think it’s important that we stay very focused on where the numbers are before we take additional steps.”
Restrictions are in place currently to keep contact high school sports (boys and girls basketball, wrestling, hockey and competitive cheer) paused until February 21.
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