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Michigan to allow high school sports to resume

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Under pressure from legislative Republicans, student-athletes and their parents, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will allow high school sports to resume this Monday (FEB 8th).

Players and coaches will need to wear masks during practice and games and regular Covid-19 testing will need to be conducted.

Health Department Director Elizabeth Hertel says sports should be safe if proper precautions are taken.

“As we watch those case rates decline, we feel that we can safely open up these other activities as long as we continue to ensure that we're putting our mitigation measures in place,” said Hertel.

GOP leaders in the state Senate have blocked Whitmer’s appointments – including that of MDHHS director Hertel. Republicans have suggested the state should cede control of all pandemic orders and instead allow local health departments to make policy.