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The UEFA European Championship — aka Euro 2020 (because it was supposed to be last year, get it?) aka Euros — starts Friday with the first match of the group stage, to be held at sites across the continent. Twenty-four teams are divided into six groups for round-robin play, and the top 16 — first and second place in each group, plus the four best third-place finishers — advance to the knockout rounds beginning June 26.

Here’s the complete schedule and a look at seven can’t-miss contests of the group stage:

Friday, June 11

Italy vs. Turkey, Group A
(Rome, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

There’s a lot to chew on in the tournament opener. For Italy, it’s a progress report for a squad that has ditched the defense-first formula of the past and adopted a possession-and-pressure attack in front of talented, but young keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Underdog Turkey already has beaten the Netherlands and Norway this year.

Saturday, June 12

Wales vs. Switzerland, Group A
(Baku, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Denmark vs. Finland, Group B
(Copenhagen, noon ET, ESPN)

Belgium vs. Russia, Group B
(Saint Petersburg, 3 p.m. ET, ABC)

Sunday, June 13

England vs. Croatia, Group D
(London, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Is this the year for England? World Cup hero and team captain Harry Kane is back with a group of young stars who won’t be shy in attacking opponents. Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic lead a veteran Croatia team that reached the World Cup final in 2018.

England star Harry KaneAP

Austria vs. North Macedonia, Group C
(Bucharest, noon ET, ESPN)

Netherlands vs. Ukraine, Group C
(Amsterdam, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Monday, June 14

Scotland vs. Czech Republic, Group D
(Glasgow, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Poland vs. Slovakia, Group E
(Saint Petersburg, noon ET, ESPN)

Spain vs. Sweden, Group E
(Seville, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Tuesday, June 15

Hungary vs. Portugal, Group F
(Budapest, noon ET, ESPN)

France vs. Germany, Group F
(Munich, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

The past two World Cup champions are two sides moving in opposite directions. France, the Euros favorite, is tested, talented and smart. Germany is trying to figure out what it is, having struggled at times in recent months.

Wednesday, June 16

Finland vs. Russia, Group B
(Saint Petersburg, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Turkey vs. Wales, Group A
(Baku, noon ET, ESPN)

Italy vs. Switzerland, Group A
(Rome, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Thursday, June 17

Ukraine vs. North Macedonia, Group C
(Bucharest, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Denmark vs. Belgium, Group B
(Copenhagen, noon ET, ESPN)

Kevin De Bruyne (on the mend from facial fractures) and Romelu Lukaku lead Belgium, the favorite in Group B. But Denmark has the look of a dangerous underdog built on a sturdy defense.

Netherlands vs. Austria, Group C
(Amsterdam, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Friday, June 18

Sweden vs. Slovakia, Group E
(Saint Petersburg, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Croatia vs. Czech Republic, Group D
(Glasgow, noon ET, ESPN)

England vs. Scotland, Group D
(London, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

An ancient rivalry match. England should have the personnel to get by their neighbors to the north, but Scotland has enough Premier League talent to make this interesting.

Saturday, June 19

Hungary vs. France, Group F
(Budapest, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Portugal vs. Germany, Group F
(Munich, noon ET, ESPN)

Spain vs. Poland, Group E
(Seville, 3 p.m. ET, ABC)

Spain has been wracked by chaos due to COVID complications and a roster Luis Enrique picked that has perplexed many at home. That’s not a great formula when facing the world’s most dangerous striker in Robert Lewandowski.

Sunday, June 20

Italy vs. Wales, Group A
(Rome, noon ET, ESPN2)

Switzerland vs. Turkey, Group A
(Baku, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Monday, June 21

North Macedonia vs. Netherlands, Group C
(Amsterdam, noon ET, ESPN)

Ukraine vs. Austria, Group C
(Bucharest, noon ET, ESPN2)

Russia vs. Denmark, Group B
(Copenhagen, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Finland vs. Belgium, Group B
(Saint Petersburg, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Tuesday, June 22

Czech Republic vs. England, Group D
(London, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Croatia vs. Scotland, Group D
(Glasgow, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Wednesday, June 23

Slovakia vs. Spain, Group E
(Seville, noon ET, ESPN)

Sweden vs. Poland, Group E
(Saint Petersburg, noon ET, ESPN2)

Germany vs. Hungary, Group F
(Munich, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Portugal vs. France, Group F
(Budapest, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

No match has more star power. Will Kylian Mbappé and Les Bleus already have the group wrapped up or will Cristiano Ronaldo and the defending Euros champs have a chance to shake up the standings in the pool-play finale?

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(CBS DETROIT) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced last Thursday that beginning Tuesday, June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100 percent and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask.

“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” said Whitmer. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the front lines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving,” said Whitmer.

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Additionally, Whitmer’s office says some orders will remain in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture. Public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified, kids are safe in school and free COVID-19 tests are available. Guidance for keeping children and staff safe in schools will be released next week, Whitmer’s office stated in a press release on Thursday.

MDHHS will continue to provide recommendations to keep Michiganders safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in higher-risk settings and places where vulnerable populations or populations with large numbers of individuals are not yet fully vaccinated.

“Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule. Our top priority going forward is utilizing the federal relief funding in a smart, sustainable way as we put Michigan back to work and jumpstart our economy. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before,” the governor said.

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Nearly five million Michiganders ages 16 and older have received their first vaccine dose, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. According to data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, half of Michigan residents have completed their vaccination and over 60% have gotten their first shots.

Case rates, percent positivity and hospitalizations have all plummeted over the past several weeks, according to Whitmer’s administration. Currently, Michigan is experiencing 24.3 cases per million and has recorded a 1.9% positivity rate over the last seven days.

In addition to the Gatherings and Mask Order, additional orders are being rescinded as of June 22. These include: 

  • Temporary Restrictions for Entry into Congregate Care and Juvenile Justice Facilities  
  • Mandatory Testing for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Juvenile Justice Facility Staff  
  • Mandatory Testing for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hospitals and Centers Staff 
  • Exceptions to Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Congregate Care and Juvenile Justice Facilities  
  • Exceptions to Temporary Restrictions on Entry into Certain Facilities  
  • Safe Housing for Housing Unstable Individuals 
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To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to find the nearest vaccination site, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine and VaccineFinder.org.

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