Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Allowing for Professional Sports to Return

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday which allows for the safe return of professional sports in Michigan without a live audience.

The executive order comes on the heels of Major League’s Baseball’s announcement on Tuesday that a 60-game season would commence on July 24, with spring training beginning at home ballparks on July 1.

“Good news, sports fans,” Governor 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 executive order, professional sports training and competitions can resume as long as the activities conducted are in line with the guidelines established by the CDC and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.