Emergency order means Detroit Lions won't have fans on Thanksgiving

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The Detroit Lions will not host fans during its annual Thanksgiving game, scheduled Nov. 26 against the Houston Texans.
The Detroit Lions will not have fans at Ford Field for their annual Thanksgiving game.

On Sunday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an extensive plan to bat down an exponential spike in COVID-19 cases in Michigan over the next three weeks. And while the restrictions won't prevent the Lions — or any of the state's major college programs — from playing out the remainder of their 2020 season, it will prevent the Lions from hosting fans during their Nov. 26 Thanksgiving game against the Houston Texans.

According to Sunday's emergency order, which goes into effect Wednesday: "Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators."

Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions, is seen before drills at practice, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Detroit.

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