Whitmer lifts restrictions on summer camps, some school sport activities
Kids can go to summer camp, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday, lifting restrictions on overnight residential, travel, and troop camps beginning Monday.
In addition, Whitmer's newest order will allow some K-12 school sports activities and other extracurricular activities to resume. The list of allowed activities was not immediately available. The order also clarifies that a previous executive order suspending in-person K-12 education remains in effect until a new order is issued with guidance on how the new school year will work.
“As we’ve worked together to bend the curve and protect our families from COVID-19, our kids have lost time in the classroom and missed out on play dates, birthday parties and graduations. That’s why I’m glad they’ll have an opportunity to spend a week or weekend away at camp,” Whitmer said in a statement.
“This is another significant milestone for Michigan as we continue to slowly and safely reopen our economy, and I want to thank Michiganders for doing their part to flatten the curve. While this is good news, there’s still more work to do to protect Michigan families from the spread of this virus, avoid a second wave, and protect the heroes on the front lines. We will get through this together.”
The executive order requires camps to follow guidance issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). These guidelines will be published in the coming days and were developed with public health experts and the camp industry.
As some K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities resume, they must conform to rules requiring social distancing and, for most of the state, the closure of indoor gyms and other exercise facilities.
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The Michigan High School Athletic Association on Wednesday released new guidelines allowing for school sports activities to begin.
Only outdoor facilities may be used, and only groups of 100 or fewer may use them at one time. Gyms, weight rooms and indoor swimming pools will still be closed, and competition is not allowed yet because social distancing continues.
As far as next school year, earlier Whitmer announced a 20-person Return to Learning Advisory Council — which will be comprised of students, parents, front-line educators, administrators and public health officials — will provide the state with recommendations on how to safely, equitably and efficiently return to school in the fall,
The governor closed school buildings March 16, and on April 30 she announced that buildings would remain closed for the duration of the school year.
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