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Stay Safe Stay Connected helmet mask explore virtual events and activities at U-M

Michigan football is back! We can cheer on our team and enjoy the school spirit, just differently this year.

U-M and Washtenaw County are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, which means we need to "up our game." The main thing that’s driving the surge is social gatherings, so this is where you can make a difference and turn this around for fellow students and the campus community. 

The key thing is to make a plan. It will help protect yourself, your friends, and your campus community, whether you stay on campus or not.

Michigan students love our school spirit, and there’s so much we can do to boost the energy! 

  • Get your gear on -- wearing maize and blue can help you get in the mood for fun and show your team spirit.
  • Plan how you’ll watch the games: You can watch the game with non-household members, but do keep group size small. See guidelines for Safe Social Gatherings during COVID-19
  • Join in virtual activities on:
  • Make some noise! Drum on the table or stomp your feet, just don’t shout, scream or sing around others because COVID-19 is transmitted by droplets in the air.
  • Keep your distance from others -- you know the 6’ rule. And for home games, the Big House will be strictly off-limits by much more than 6’, so no need to go there.
  • Wear a mask when around others outside your household/room. Make it maize and blue to add to the spirit.
  • Eat fun food -- Whether you shop and cook, or order for delivery, your favorite tailgating foods can help make your at-home experience special: 
    • If you have a meal plan, Check out plans for game-day. Thanks, Michigan Dining!
  • If you choose to drink, Stay in the Blue so you can make the best choices for yourself and others. You can download the free app to help track drinks and blood alcohol content. 
    • Be mindful and plan ahead on the 11/14 nightgame vs. Wisconsin. Use the Stay in the Blue strategies to enjoy the day and remember the plays.
  • Expect Respect: Our team and their opponents are college students like you, doing their best to give you a great show, balance academics and make it all work. So win or lose, show the players and other fans respect. We’re all doing our best, especially now.

One more thing! Want to know how to prepare before you leave campus?

We know it's tiring to talk about COVID-19 all the time and we also know a little planning ahead will help our community.

  • Check out the departure testing and protocol guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 after you leave campus.
  • Discuss your plan with the people that are involved (roommates, friends, family, etc.). Consider safe social gatherings and timining of departure to protect yourself and those at your next destination.
  • Remember:  The team, the team, the team!  What you do during this game-day may affect others after you leave campus.

See also Stay Safe, Stay Connected on the Maize and BluePrint website.