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Indoor group exercise, non-contact sports can resume in Michigan on Jan. 16

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Dust off those spin shoes and yoga mats; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that indoor group exercise and non-contact sports can resume in Michigan starting Jan. 16.

Those two activities had been on pause to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Gyms have remained open for independent exercise even as the state “paused” activities like indoor dining in recent weeks.

“We are reopening cautiously because caution is working to save lives.  The new order allows group exercise and non-contact sports, always with masks and social distancing, because in the winter it’s not as easy to get out and exercise and physical activity is important for physical and mental health,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon.

“We are glad that we made it through the holidays without a big increase in numbers, but there are also worrying signs in the new numbers. We need to remain focused and continue to see declines in hospitalizations and to bring case rates and percent positivity down by doing what we know works.”

State health officials pushed pause on activities like indoor group exercise in November, as the state saw spikes in the state’s case numbers and the positivity rate. As those numbers have improved, the state has gradually re-opened those things.

Since Nov. 18, the seven-day average of cases per day has dropped from about 6,900 per day to about 3,000 per day. COVID-19-related hospitalizations have dropped from about 3,800 to roughly 2,400. And the percent positive rate has dipped from about 13.5% to 7%.

The most recent order from Gordon allows for non-contact sports and indoor exercise classes to reopen starting Jan. 16 and runs through Jan. 31. Indoor dining, water parks and night clubs remain closed, and contact sports and indoor gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned.

Related: Whitmer ‘hopes’ to reopen indoor dining Feb. 1 with capacity limits, curfew

Whitmer said people should continue to take precautions, despite some sectors reopening.

“Just because we’re lifting some protocols now does not mean we should let our guard down for a second,” Whitmer said.

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