Whitmer clarifies order: Masks not required for all sports in Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer late Wednesday clarified her order requiring masks in organized sports, saying they must be worn in training and competition only when athletes cannot consistently keep 6 feet apart. The measure explicitly mentions football, soccer and volleyball as sports where face coverings are a must due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it also now exempts sports in which athletes can keep distance except for occasional and fleeting moments such as tennis, golf, cross country, baseball and softball. Earlier this week, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, criticized requiring children participating in outdoor sports to wear face coverings. Whitmer, in a statement, said the virus is easily spread through airborne particles and can affect everyone differently.