The Washtenaw County health department has issued a new order that impacts University of Michigan students. Will it impact the athletes as well?
The Washtenaw County health department issued on Tuesday a stay-at-home order for all University of Michigan undergraduates. That order will remain until 7 a.m. on Nov. 3. The order is in an effort to reduce the risk of a potential virus outbreak.
Of course, now there’s the question of if the new stay-at-home order will impact Michigan student athletes. We now have the answer.
Athletes – including all Michigan football players – may continue to practice and compete in games. The Wolverines begin their 2020 season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The new stay-at-order will not interfere with the game as currently scheduled.
Official: Washtenaw County's health department has issued an executive stay-home order for all Univ. of Michigan undergraduate students until 7 a.m. on Nov. 3.
Athletes (i.e. Michigan football) may continue with practice and games.
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) October 20, 2020
Michigan football isn’t the only college football program that’s had to maneuver through tricky situations. The Pac-12 had to jump through hoops to receive clearance from local and state governments to practice and play football this fall.
As for the Big Ten, there weren’t too many restrictions from government to play a football season this year. University leaders originally didn’t feel safe having a season in the midst of a pandemic. But they eventually changed their minds once other Power Five conferences began playing football last month.
Michigan football and the rest of the Big Ten will begin the 2020 season this weekend. The Wolverines will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in what should be an entertaining and competitive conference showdown.