COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Contact sports in Ohio can resume starting Monday, June 22.
The announcement was made in the briefing from Gov. Mike DeWine’s office last week.
The move is part of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening process following the coronavirus shutdown, and includes football, basketball and lacrosse practices.
However, the guidelines say competitive games and tournaments are still not allowed. They include daily symptom checks and masks when attending to an injured player.
Guidelines also include limiting shared equipment and sanitizing equipment that has to be shared in between use.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted said that contact sports can begin full training schedules and scrimmages as long as they follow proper safety protocols, but that only schools and athletics organizers can decide when it’s right for their particular programs to start up again.
Skills training for all sports in the state were permitted to resume on May 26.
Those protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19 included maintaining social distance; no additional spectators; avoiding physical contact like high fives and huddles; no congregating before or after practice; and coaches, players, and guardians performing a symptom check before going to training.
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