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MHSAA: No changes to mask requirements, after Monday’s emergency order by MDHHS

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, October 6, 2020, 2:42 pm

The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s latest update on masks: Keep wearing ‘em. 

Like offsetting penalties in football, the recent revelations about statewide mask mandates have had the net effect of no change in the MHSAA’s stance on the continued usage of face coverings for athletes, spectators and game personnel. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services emergency order issued on Monday has the same stipulations as the previous executive orders from the office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, so there is no change in the MHSAA’s guidance on the topic. The association sent out a memorandum to its member schools to that effect on Tuesday.

Masks are still required for all athletes in football, soccer and volleyball.

The MHSAA did note that if local health departments have more stringent restrictions in place, schools and athletes are expected to follow those.

The ONLY change is that the increases in allowable crowds for games — which had been set to come into effect on Friday — is immediate, starting with today’s games. 

Those changes were first announced last week.