Michigan City Bans Basketball in Parks Over COVID-19 | Athletic Business

Michigan City Bans Basketball in Parks Over COVID-19

Authorities in Dearborn, Michigan, have declared a ban on basketball and other group sports at local parks, as COVID-19 continues to spread aggressively in the city.

Dearborn police issued the statement as part Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Whitmer’s order mandates that Michigan residents stay inside with few exceptions.

Other outdoor activities are allowed, “including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.”

Dearborn police said basketball especially is not longer allowed.

“Citizens who violate this order place the public at unnecessary risk and force Dearborn police officers away from proactive patrols to address the violations,” police said in the release that was reported on by Detroit Free Press.

Violations of the rule carry a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

Dearborn public schools meanwhile have reminded the public that even outdoor playdates are a bad idea.

"Many are thinking that it might be alright to get outside and have children play with one or two friends. Unfortunately, this is not something we should be doing at this time," states a release from the district. "The Governor has ordered that we all shelter in place. This is not a recommendation or suggestion."

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