Michigan Swimming, Inc. COVID-19 Update: Update on Sanctions & Approvals
Fellow Members of Michigan Swimming,
As you are aware, on November 15, 2020 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ("MDHHS") issued an epidemic order under MCL 333.2253.
Michigan Swimming, Inc. consulted with its outside legal counsel to determine the impact this order will have on its operations as an LSC. Michigan Swimming, Inc. also considered its broader obligations as a responsible coroporate citizen in these times of immense societal need.
After careful and thoughtful consideration, Michigan Swimming, Inc. has  revoked all sanctions and approvals granted for any and all competitions within its jurisdiction scheduled to take place between November 18, 2020 and December 8, 2020, inclusive.
Further, Michigan Swimming, Inc. is temporarily suspending granting any new sanctions or approvals for competitions to take place at any date pending a thorough review of its current COVID sanctioning policy by the Michigan Swimming, Inc. Board of Directors. As soon as this review is completed and a new COVID sanctioning policy is implemented, the foregoing process suspension will be lifted.
The above decisions were not made lightly. It pains each and every one of us when we have to make decisions that impact the ability of our sport to operate normally. But, right now, our broader Michigan community needs us to do this to protect our healthcare systems, the front-line workers, and, most importantly, each other.
I have been incredibly proud and moved by how well our community has stepped up and demonstrated its commitment to operating in a safe, responsible manner. Now, more than ever, we must continue to do our part and hold each other accountable. One day, we will return to a sense of normalcy. When we do, I am confident that our community and sport will be stronger than ever.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available, and I thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these very complicated times.
Kind regards,
Joe Gazzarato
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michigan Swimming, Inc.