How new national COVID vaccine, mask mandates impact Metro Detroit’s entertainment venues

Sweeping vaccine, mask mandates issued nationally

Sweeping vaccine mandates have been issued for federal workers, government contractors and healthcare workers. The White House is also encouraging states to require the vaccine for school employees and regular testing programs set up in schools.
Sweeping vaccine mandates have been issued for federal workers, government contractors and healthcare workers. The White House is also encouraging states to require the vaccine for school employees and regular testing programs set up in schools.

DETROIT – The White House has a new plan to fight the spread of COVID.

Sweeping vaccine mandates have been issued for federal workers, government contractors and healthcare workers. The White House is also encouraging states to require the vaccine for school employees and regular testing programs set up in schools.

The full plan can be read below.

All entertainment venues will require vaccinations for entry or a negative test.

A lot of people were caught off guard -- including staff at Ford Field. The mandates were issued Thursday, ahead of the Detroit Lions’ season opener Sunday.

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“This has been a fluid situation throughout the pandemic, and we’re going to continue to follow the lead of local officials,” said Emily Griffin, vice president of marketing for the Lions. “(Biden’s recommendation) is not a requirement at this time, but, again, we’re going to continue following (local officials’) lead.”

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Officials at the University of Michigan said there won’t be any immediate changes at the Big House, but Michigan State University said they will be reevaluating its COVID protocols.


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Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.

Dane is a producer and media enthusiast. He previously worked freelance video production and writing jobs in Michigan, Georgia and Massachusetts. Dane graduated from the Specs Howard School of Media Arts.