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Whitmer says decision on school sports, gyms “coming soon”

free weights and exercise machines inside gym
Mark Bertulfo

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Wednesday that she will announce a decision “soon” on allowing gyms to re-open and for more school sports to resume.

But Whitmer did not say exactly when she would reveal those plans.

The governor said she’s still watching COVID-19 data, and finalizing plans. 

“So for now I want everyone to know I’ll have more to say on this topic very soon, so stay tuned, keep your eye on the ball and keep working to beat this virus together,” she said.

News reports said Whitmer could have announced as soon as Wednesday plans to re-open gyms, theaters, and bowling alleys.

They’ve been closed for the past five months due to the threat of spreading COVID-19.

“We take this very seriously, and the decisions that I will make in the coming days and announce are made in a way that will be protecting athletes and families and coaches and parents and patrons and our small business owners, as well,” she said.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.