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Opening Day is upon us, but the City of Detroit is laying down some ground rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tailgating is a no-go, as Mayor Mike Duggan says that fans without a ticket to the game shouldn’t come downtown on Thursday (April 1).

“The people in the ballpark will be socially distanced and will be safe,” Duggan said.

The stadium will hold roughly 8,000 people sitting distanced in more than 42,000 seats inside Comerica Park. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is currently letting outdoor stadiums to hold up to 20% capacity.

“What we don’t have the room for is a lot of other people to be coming down and tailgating, so the capacity limits on bars and restaurants will be strictly enforced,” Duggan said during a news conference.

Detroit Police will be patrolling for tailgaters and making sure rules are being followed. Michigan’s current indoor capacity at bars and restaurants is 50% with a 100-person limit.

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