Tailgate parties like this were once staples to the MSU football season. Now, they're banned as efforts increase to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Photo via Shutterstock
Tailgate parties like this were once staples to the MSU football season. Now, they're banned as efforts increase to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Parking lots are closed and alcohol is banned. It’s all part of an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus across campus and the surrounding communities.

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Tailgating and alcohol are banned on football Saturdays at Michigan State University, campus police said Wednesday.

Parking lots will also be closed, all in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Certain rules are typically suspended for home football games, but not this year, Capt. Chris Rozman said.

“We are encouraging all Spartan fans to watch the upcoming football season from home in a safe manner,” Rozman said.

There will be no public sale of tickets to Spartan Stadium. The first home game is Oct. 24 against Rutgers.

East Lansing, meanwhile, said any violation of its health orders could carry a $500 fine. Masks are mandatory—indoors and outdoors—in Downtown Development Authority areas.

Outdoor gatherings in neighborhoods popular among students are limited to 25 people. Indoor gatherings can’t exceed 10 people.

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