Governor Whitmer clears way for professional sports to return in Michigan with COVID-19 precautions, no live audience

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Governor Whitmer clears way for professional sports to return in Michigan with COVID-19 precautions, no live audience

FILE – In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, a baseball is shown on the grass at the Cincinnati Reds baseball spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball rejected the players' offer for a 114-game regular season in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to make a counterproposal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 3, 2020, because no statements were authorized. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, FIle)

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order clearing the way for professional sports to return to action in Michigan without a live audience.

“Good news, sports fans,” Governor Whitmer said in a news release. “We are now ready to gradually and safely allow professional sports to resume in Michigan. While this is an encouraging step in the reopening of our economy, it is critical for athletes to continue social distancing and taking precautions to stay safe. We want to keep our momentum going and keep moving forward, so it’s incumbent on everyone doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The new executive order comes in the wake of Major League Baseball announcing a shortened season that would begin on July 24, with spring training taking place at home ballparks beginning July 1.

The order allows activities to resume at professional sports complexes, so long as they conduct all activities under a COVID-19 safety plant that is consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Participants must also maintain six feet of distance from one another to the extent compatible with the sport.

You can read the full executive order below:

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