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Ohio to allow contact and non-contact sports to resume competitions

Springboro against Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division 1, Region 2 playoffs on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Dublin.
Springboro against Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division 1, Region 2 playoffs on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Dublin.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced Tuesday the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order allowing contact and non-contact competition to resume for all sports on a short-term basis if teams agree to the following guidelines:

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• “Testing of all players, coaches, athletic trainers, support staff, and officials before travel and competition.”

• “Daily symptom assessments.”

• “Athletic trainers must wear a face covering while attending to a player.”

• “Coaches and officials are strongly recommended to wear a face covering, when possible.”

• “Strict social distancing by players who are not actively engaged in practice or competition.”

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• “Immediate isolation and medical care for a participant who develops symptoms.”

To this point, teams in full-contact sports such as football and basketball were allowed to hold instrasquad scrimmages but were not allowed to play teams from other schools.

Husted also announced the launch of the #IWantASeason awareness campaign, “which aims to engage athletes and younger Ohioans in efforts to slow the spread of the virus.”