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Any high school coaches who got excited when they heard the word “gym” included in Gov. Brian Kemp’s list of places allowed to reopen Friday had their hopes for team workouts quashed pretty quickly.

Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines put out a statement soon after the governor’s announcement letting coaches know that the easement does not apply to school gyms. 

“This did not include schools and school gyms are not to be opened until schools are opened and the GHSA has given the ‘all clear’ for activities to resume,” Hines said. “I have received numerous calls, emails and texts regarding the governor's comments and school gyms are not the kind of gyms he is referring to. … The guidance for GHSA sports and activities and training for these activities is that they are all suspended until further notice. Schools are closed, activities are suspended. You will be contacted the moment this changes.”

The GHSA canceled spring sports seasons last month when the governor mandated that all public school campuses remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. As the executive director said, all team activities, including workouts, are to remain suspended until conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic improve.

“I realize that you are ready to return, as am I, but I ask for your patience during these unprecedented times,” added Hines.

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