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Michigan ups stadium capacity, requires teen athlete testing

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds a press conference on COVID-19.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds a press conference on COVID-19.(source: State of Michigan)
Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 5:37 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is easing outdoor stadium capacity restrictions before baseball’s opening day while ordering weekly testing of teen athletes amid a climbing coronavirus case rate that ranks fourth nationally over the past week.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that, for now, she does not plan to tighten COVID-19 restrictions.

She noted ongoing vaccinations while also citing concerns about variants that more easily spread.

Under a revised health order that starts Monday, outdoor arenas can seat 20% of their capacity.

That includes the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park.

Starting April 2, athletes ages 13 to 19 must participate in a weekly testing program.

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3/19/2021 4:44:17 PM (GMT -4:00)