In what Michigan sports fans hope is another step towards normalcy, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a new executive order allowing outdoor “athletic practices, training sessions, or games” to resume with groups of up to 100 people.
The order also requires equipment be shared “the minimum extent possible” and be subject to “frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning,” and it kept closed “indoor gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, sports facilities” and other exercise facilities to “ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public.”
However, the Detroit Lions are still subject to social distancing guidelines, meaning “participants not from the same household (must) maintain 6 feet of distance from one another at all times”.
Additionally, the NFL’s virtual offseason program has been extended for another 11 days, meaning that players still won’t be able to work out on outdoor fields at team facilities; coaches and players aren’t yet allowed in team facilities as of yet.
The team was scheduled to have their final OTA’s in mid-June, as well as organized team activities this week.
– – Quotes via Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press Link – –