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Michigan Senate votes to exempt high school graduations from crowd restrictions

Michigan Senate votes to exempt high school graduations from crowd restrictions
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The Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted to exempt high school graduations from coronavirus crowd restrictions.

The state currently only allows between 375 to 750 people indoors if there are more than 10,000 seats, and 1,000 to 1,500 people in outdoor arenas if the seating capacity is more than 10,000 seats, The Associated Press reported.

All the Republicans and one Democrat voted for the bill in the Senate.

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The bill will have to be approved by the House where Republicans hold the majority.

Michigan has recently been one of the worst-hit states by the coronavirus.

The state has also seen an increase in younger people going to the hospital for COVID-19.

Many college and high school graduations were canceled in 2020 and moved online in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

In-person graduations will happen this year at many schools across the country, but most ceremonies still have some restrictions such as crowd limits and social distancing rules.

As millions of people in the U.S. have received the coronavirus vaccine, many states have been lifting some of their coronavirus restrictions.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerBeyond California, a record year for recalls Whitmer vetoes bill exempting graduations from crowd limits Whitmer proposes using 0M of virus aid to boost minimum wage MORE (D) said at the end of April that her state will slowly get rid of some of its coronavirus restrictions as the number of vaccinations goes up.