Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Professional sports to return, without fans

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday that will allow for the safe return of professional sports, without a live audience.
The order comes the same week Major League Baseball reached an agreement with the MLB Players Association on a shortened 60-game season, which allows teams to report to training camp July 1. The season will begin July 24 for the Detroit Tigers.
“Good news, sports fans,” Whitmer said in a released statement. “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.”
According to the order, professional sports training can resume as long as COVID-19 safety guidelines are followed, pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Participants must remain six feet apart “to the extent compatible with the sport,” the executive order states.
This story will be updated.
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