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The Milwaukee Brewers have joined the list of Major League Baseball teams to have at least 85% of Level 1 players, coaches and employees vaccinated.

MLB announced ahead of the season that it would relax pandemic-related protocols for teams that have reached that 85% threshold for vaccination. Manager Craig Counsell and pitcher Brandon Woodruff chatted during the Brewers’ pre-game Zoom sessions with reporters about how their protocols had been relaxed.

One of the major changes for teams that reach the 85% vaccination mark is that they are no longer required to wear masks in the canoe.

“There are smaller things, but it’s the big one for us that comes with the 85%,” Counsell said. “I think it’s a nice little advantage now that we can take advantage of it and feel a little more normal in the canoe.”

The MLB announced in late April that nine teams had achieved an 85% vaccination rate.

The NFL is giving away free Super Bowl tickets to 50 fans vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of a global event to encourage vaccination.

Working with the White House’s COVID Response Team and Global Citizen, the Super Bowl Promotion is asking fans to share why they got the shot or will get it soon. Details on how to win Super Bowl tickets will be announced Saturday night during Global Citizen’s “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. The event brings together artists, artists and world leaders, including President Joe Biden, to support vaccine equity.

The show takes place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, where the 56th Super Bowl will be held next February.

More than 3 million vaccines have been administered at 21 NFL stadiums and facilities since January. In February, 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers were invited to attend the Super Bowl in Tampa as league guests.

Hosted by Selena Gomez, the VAX LIVE special will feature musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and HER

The PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic will have a few spectators this summer at the Detroit Golf Club.

The announcement came on Wednesday, two months before US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau returned to defend his title in Motor City. Tournament officials have not determined how many fans will be able to purchase tickets for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which ends July 4.

Michigan has become the current national hotspot for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations at a time when more than half of America’s adult population has been vaccinated and other states have seen the virus decline dramatically.

Last year in Detroit, the PGA Tour held its fourth tournament after stopping due to the pandemic and did not allow fans on the course.

DeChambeau won the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes for his first win of the season.

The US Golf Association will limit attendance to 7,000 people each day at the US Senior Open in July at Nebraska’s Omaha Country Club.

The decision was made in coordination with local health officials and is subject to change depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans will be required to answer health questions upon entry, and masks will be required except when a person is eating or drinking. Food and drink will not be allowed within 10 feet of the ropes.

When the tournament was held in Omaha in 2013, over 30,000 spectators were in attendance for each of the last two rounds.

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