EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Just like the University of Michigan announced earlier today, Michigan State University is adopting new COVID-19 protocols for all indoor athletic events.
Beginning today, Michigan State will require fans at indoor athletic events to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event.
The university’s indoor mask mandate remains in effect for all home athletic events, as well as ticketed events at the Broad Art Museum, Wharton Center, the Auditorium and College of Music performances, such as concerts and recitals, that take place at Fairchild Theatre, Alumni Memorial Chapel, Cook Recital Hall, Murray Hall or Hollander Hall.
In order to attend a sporting event, spectators must show their COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital image along with a photo ID matching the name on the card.
MSU students, faculty and staff can show their University ID as proof of vaccination with the university.
Those without proof of vaccination should bring a photo ID and either a printout or a photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event start time.
People ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show a photo ID.
MSU recommends arriving early to events for verification, and no testing opportunities will be available for event attendees on site.
Additionally, refunds will not be granted as all guests can enter facilities with a negative COVID-19 test, even if they are unable or do not want to show vaccination status.
Theatre, art and music events will begin this policy on Jan. 4 with the Cats performance at Wharton Center and continue through the spring 2022 semester.
The first scheduled event with the new policy in place is the men’s basketball game against Nebraska on Jan. 5.
The COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all those ages 12 and up.