State Legislature OKs exempting graduations from virus order

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A split Michigan Legislature has voted to exempt high school graduation ceremonies from the state’s order that restricts crowd sizes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Republicans who control the Senate and House supported the bills that lawmakers could finalize next week, while all but a few Democrats opposed them.

Under the state health department’s order, outdoor stadiums with enhanced protocols can operate at 20% capacity. Otherwise, 1,000 people can be in outdoor arenas with a fixed seating capacity of up to 10,000.

At indoor arenas, the limit is 375, or 750 if the seating capacity is more than 10,000.

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