The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has halted all prep activities at least through April 5 due to the threat surrounding the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 today.

The new guidelines published on the association’s Web site today at 2 p.m. fall in line with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all Michigan schools remain closed for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of the coronavirus.

All spring athletics activities – including practices, scrimmages, strength training, conditioning and competitions/games – have been suspended. Winter tournaments were suspended on Thursday.

“By suspending all sports activities for the next three weeks, we are taking an additional step to maintain safety and minimize risk first, and also keep a level playing field for our schools and teams during this time of uncertainty,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “A number of schools across the state already were making this decision, and setting this as the standard across our membership is appropriate especially given the quick pace with which this situation is continuing to evolve. Given the rapid, fast-moving and unprecedented events of this week, the MHSAA will use the time during this all-sport suspension of activities to evaluate all options and next steps which will be shared with schools in a timely manner.”

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