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State to Athletes: You May Remove Your Mask For A Drink Of Water

Epidemic-related emegency orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services seek to control the actions and behavior of residents to a very fine level of detail.

This was illustrated in a recent "Frequently Asked Questions" addition to the latest order, in which officials spelled out the conditions under which athletes may be permitted to remove their face masks while drinking water.

Q: May athletes remove their masks on the sideline during a sports competition in order to hydrate?

A: Yes. Athletes may temporarily lift or lower their face masks while on the sideline to hydrate. To facilitate social distancing, hydration stations should be at least 6 feet away from any seating area.

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