Michigan, Michigan State mandate face coverings for indoor areas of football stadiums

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If you're planning to watch Michigan State or Michigan football at home this season, don't forget to bring your face mask to Spartan Stadium or the Big House.

MSU announced on Friday COVID-19 safety protocols for fans. In accordance with the university-wide mandate for face coverings indoors on all campus building, face coverings will be required for everyone "when in an indoor area of Spartan Stadium, unless actively eating or drinking."

This mandate includes the concourse of the stadium, restrooms, elevators, indoor suite and club areas and the press box, unless eating or drinking.

However, face masks and coverings are not required — though encouraged — in the outdoor seating areas.

On Wednesday, Michigan announced a similar set of regulations, requiring fans to wear face coverings in restrooms, the M Den store and any indoor section of club or suite section, unless eating or drinking. Fans are encouraged to wear masks in the outdoor areas, including the concourse.

Neither MSU or U-M have altered planned seating capacities after the state of Michigan lifted restrictions on outdoor stadiums earlier this year.

MSU opens its season on Sept. 3 at Northwestern, followed by its home opener Sept. 11 against Youngstown State. Michigan kicks off the 2021 season at home against Western Michigan on Sept. 4.

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan, Michigan State football: Where face coverings are required