Michigan Governor Allows Return Of Pro Sports - Without Fans

Jun 26, 2020

Detroit Tigers' Jonathan Schoop bats during a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Lakeland, Fla.
Credit (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is allowing for the return of pro sports in Michigan as long as fans aren’t in attendance. The move Thursday follows Major League Baseball’s decision to set a 60-game schedule to start in late July in empty ballparks. The governor says pro teams can resume operations notwithstanding her restrictions on gatherings and events to curb the coronavirus. Games must be played without a live audience. Only facility staff and media can attend. The state reported 19 additional COVID-19 deaths and 353 new confirmed cases. The seven-day case average, 241, was up from 160 a week ago.