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How state of Michigan’s new COVID restrictions impact U-M sports

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A ‘three-week pause’ has been announced in the state.

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The state of Michigan has been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases recently along with the rest of the country. As a result, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have enacted a “three-week pause” to enforce social distancing and curb the spread of the virus in the state. The full details of that order can be read here.

What people in this sphere of the internet are wondering about is how it might affect the Michigan Wolverines on the field, court and ice. Despite cries for the pandemic to cancel what has been a brutal football season, college and pro sports will be able to resume with the testing and safety protocols that they have in place. High school sports have been paused indefinitely until the order is lifted.

No friends, family or fans will be allowed to attend any events as long as the emergency order is in place. Football previously was allowing family and media into events, albeit on an extremely limited capacity.

There have been three games canceled in the Big Ten this year, so the virus very much is still a factor and a cloud that hangs over completing the season. Even with as painful as the Michigan product has been in recent weeks, the games shall continue.

Michigan basketball still does not have an official schedule listed despite the start date of Nov. 25 rapidly approaching. As of now, everything moves forward as scheduled.