University of Michigan shuts down all athletic activities due to new COVID-19 variant

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Posted at 10:43 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 22:58:50-05

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After a decision made by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Saturday, Jan. 23, the University of Michigan Athletic Department will immediately pause athletic activities in all sports.

This includes games, team and individual training sessions, until further notice and up to 14 days.

MDHHS is mandating a more aggressive strategy for this B.1.1.7 variant, which exceeds current program efforts designed around the standard form of the virus.

"Canceling competitions is never something we want to do, but with so many unknowns about this variant of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to minimize the spread among student-athletes, coaches, staff, and to the student-athletes at other schools," said Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics.

No determination has been made on how the pause may impact scheduled games beyond Feb. 7.