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Tue Oct 20, 2020, 06:03 PM

Washtenaw County issues two-week stay home order for U-M students

Yet the football team and other varsity sports are exempted from the county orders.


"Washtenaw County has issued a two-week stay at home order as it tries to curb a sharp uptick in cases at the University of Michigan.

The order is for U-M undergraduate students effective immediately and continuing through Nov. 3 at 7 a.m.

Under the order, undergraduate students must remain in their residence, unless attending class, accessing dining services, or carrying out approved work that cannot be done remotely. Students who wish to return to a primary residence may do so only if they have completed U-M’s procedures for leaving campus safely.



Undergrad student Noah Garfinkel agreed.

"This was going to happen eventually and the university invited students back to campus anyway. The university has done a good job of mitigating the spread at least up until now but it should not be shocking that 18- to 22-year-olds did not follow all of the rules," he said. "The other disappointing aspect of the order is it now affects my campus life and could stop me from doing activities that were safe. I had been attending small outdoor MRun practices, which I can no longer attend. These were held outdoors with 10 people. No one had contracted the virus from these practices. These can no longer be held. As the editor-in-chief of the Michigan Review, it is still unclear whether or not I can access the Michigan Review office in the Michigan League. I was by myself and wore a mask.


"I also find it ridiculous that varsity sports are excluded from this order. It is beyond me why student-athletes who do not get paid are allowed to travel while we are not. It is also frustrating as a club athlete that they can also practice while we cannot. It is not only unfair it is unjust to force these athletes to play for someone else's profit."

Madelyn VerVaecke, who graduates in 2021, said she's relieved by the order.

"As someone working in grocery stores and has taking this thing seriously since March, this order comes as a relief. Reading the testimonials from my fellow students about the reality of testing and the handling of those having tested positive, we’ve needed this for a long time. I’m hoping this order puts pressure on the university to act like the “leader and best” it’s branded itself as, because right now, we’re the university who chose football over the safety and well-being of not only us the students, but every single person who comes into contact with us."


[link:https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2020/10/20/washtenaw-county-stay-home-order-university-michigan-coronavirus/5993741002/|

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