University of Michigan Institutes Vaccination Policy for Indoor Events

1/1/2022 8:00:00 AM

// Kurt Svoboda

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Effective today, January 1, 2022, the University of Michigan will institute a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative-test protocol for indoor athletic events. This is in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the region. Face masks continue to be required and must be worn during all home indoor athletic events.

All guests and working personnel ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Upon entry to an indoor venue, one of the following will be required:

  • An official, government-issued vaccination card listing the guest’s name and dates the last dose was administered
  • A photo or digital version of an official government-issued vaccination card listing the guest’s name and dates the last dose was administered
  • For U-M faculty/staff, displaying the ResponsiBLUE app to confirm compliance with the U-M COVID-19 vaccination requirement
  • For U-M students, displaying their valid MCard
  • A printed or digital negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test administered by a healthcare professional within 72 hours of the event that includes the guest’s name and date the last test was administered. Over-the-counter or home testing kit results are not accepted

For more information on testing sites, please visit: https://www.washtenaw.org/3158/Testing

Individuals who cannot provide proof of vaccination or a valid negative COVID-19 test according to the conditions outlined above will not be allowed to enter a Michigan Athletics indoor event.

These changes will remain in effect until further notice.

We thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to maintain the health and welfare of our student-athletes, our fans, and our Michigan Athletic staff members.

Go Blue!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs proof of vaccination or a negative test?

Patrons ages 12 and older (and working personnel) will need to show proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of all indoor athletic events. Children ages 11 and under do not need to show proof of vaccination or negative test and only need to follow the mask mandate. 

When does this policy go into effect for athletics events?

This policy goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

What if I have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and won’t be able to show a negative test?

People who have recently tested positive (but have been released from isolation) may present their public health release letter dated within 90 days of the event in place of a recent negative test.

Will event staff be matching my ID to my vaccination card?

Attendees 18 and older should be prepared to show a picture ID to verify ownership of the vaccination card or negative test.  If children between the ages of 12-17 do not have a photo ID, a parent, guardian, or adult companion may be required to verify their identity.

How will you help mitigate long lines outside Athletics venues?

Fans should be prepared to show up earlier and anticipate long lines.  Additional staff will be hired to assist with these new processes.  Please exercise patience.

What if I lost my vaccination card?

It is recommended that you contact your doctor, clinic, pharmacy, or location where you were immunized. If you have a photo of your vaccination card, that will also be accepted. If you cannot find your vaccination card, you may also receive a negative COVID-19 test and use that for entry.

Will I receive a refund for tickets if I am not vaccinated or choose not to reveal my vaccination status?

No refunds will be granted for Michigan Athletic events. All guests are permitted to enter the building by showing a negative COVID test even if unable or unwilling to show vaccination status.

I have tickets to the game but now will not attend because I am not willing or able to present a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination. What are my options?

You are encouraged to transfer your game tickets to others who may attend or offer tickets for sale through Stubhub. However, no refunds will be provided for tickets for games played.

I recently tested positive for COVID and am not able to attend. What are my options?

Anyone who receives a positive result on their COVID-19 test should stay home until cleared by their local public health department, and we encourage you to transfer your tickets to someone who meets the proof of vaccination or negative test requirement. If you have been cleared by your local health department and have received a release letter dated within the last 90 days, you will be allowed entry using that documentation.

I purchased tickets under the guidance that no negative testing or vaccination status would be needed. Now that that policy has changed, I am not interested in attending. Can I get a refund?

All tickets purchased require compliance with Michigan Athletics policies. These policies are always subject to change. While some ticket holders may not be vaccinated, we are not barring any guests from attending events. Additionally, any ticket holder may transfer tickets to others who wish to attend or resell them through Stubhub.

What does vaccination mean?

Michigan Athletics’ current vaccination requirement is at least 14 days after your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (or other COVID-19 vaccinations recognized by WHO) or at least 14 days after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. This definition will continue to be updated under the U-M vaccination policy.

With a required vaccine or negative test, is it still required to wear a mask inside Michigan Athletic events?

Face masks continue to be required and must be worn during all home indoor athletic events. Failure to comply may result in being asked to leave the event.

I have a vaccine waiver from the University of Michigan. Does this policy apply to me?

All guests ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of the event. If you have a vaccine waiver as a current student/faculty/staff member, you will be required to display the ResponsiBLUE app to confirm compliance with the UM COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

The University of Michigan recommended that no food or beverages be made available during indoor events. Will concession stands be open at games? If so, will there be restrictions on where guests can consume food and beverage items?

Concession stands will remain open at this time, and guests will be allowed to consume food and beverage in their seats and other designated areas with the expectation that face masks will continue to be required and must be worn unless immediately eating or drinking. U-M officials will continue to monitor the spread of the delta and omicron variants and adapt health and safety strategies accordingly.

How long is this policy in effect?

The changes remain in effect until further notice. Future changes will be communicated as they become known.