Whitmer Signs Order Allowing Pro Sports To Return, Without Fans In Stands

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(WWJ) The crack of the bat will ring out at Comerica Park this summer, but without the roar of the crowd.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a new executive order which sets guidelines for the safe return of professional sports, without a live audience

Executive Order 2020-133 follows Major League Baseball’s announcement that a shortened 60-game season would begin on July 24, with players reporting for spring training at their home ballparks by July 1.

Fans will not be permitted to attend games. 

“Good news, sports fans,” Whitmer said. “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.”

Under the order, professional sports training and competitions can resume as long as the activities are conducted pursuant to a COVID-19 safety plan that is consistent with any guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Players must also maintain six feet of distance from one another to the extent compatible with the sport.

= Read the full order here