The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced that fall high school sports may resume activities immediately, with the goal of playing full fall seasons this year.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer passed Executive Order 176 Thursday, allowing MHSAA to reopen fall competition. Facial coverings will be required for participants other than in swimming.

According to MHSAA’s press release, soccer may begin immediately, while indoor sports swimming & diving and volleyball may resume competition on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

This order cleared restrictions on all fall sports, including football. From now through Sept. 7 is a dead period for football, with the only team activities allowed being the distribution of equipment. High school football teams may then have two days of practicing in “shells” (helmets and shoulder pads) beginning on Sept. 8, with full practices allowed starting Sept. 10. The season will consist of six regular season games starting with the Thursday-Saturday Sept. 17-19.

In Regions 6 and 8, spectator limits remain at 250 for indoor events and 500 for outdoor events. Areas of the state still in Phase 4 will be allowed no more than two spectators per participant for indoor or outdoor events.

This decision reverses many policies made by Executive Order 160, announced by Whitmer on August 14, which postponed football due to padded practices being against the regulations set forth in the order.

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