- Minimum to the lesser of 1,500 or 15% for outdoor
- Maximum to the lesser of 300 or 15% indoor
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced an order by the Department of Health which limits the maximum number of spectators gathered at an outdoor sports venue to the lesser of 1,500 individuals or 15 percent of fixed, seated capacity.
“The maximum for indoor sports venues is the lesser of 300 individuals or 15 percent of fixed, seated capacity,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
The issued Director’s Order provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club, and Professional Sports.
“The main purpose of permitting spectators at school sports events is for officials and loved ones of players, coaches, team staff members, other event participants to attend,”
“Ideally, the spectator limit would enable at least two, and perhaps up to four, family members to attend a sports event, provided that the venue is large enough to allow at least six feet of social distancing between groups.”
According to him, “If a venue has more room to permit additional socially distanced spectator capacity, a variance provision in the order allows schools to request a higher spectator limit by submitting a plan in writing to their local health department and the Ohio Department of Health. The variance plan must include a justification for increased capacity and an explanation of how social distancing will be maintained between family groups. “
“It is the responsibility of the school/venue to monitor and enforce the social distancing requirement, prohibition on congregating among spectators, and the other provisions outlined in the sports order.” H He said that “evaluating a sports venue’s variance plan may require conversations with school/venue officials and a site visit. The Ohio Department of Health will rely upon local health departments to conduct the first assessment of the variance plan.”
Variances will not be granted to expand the number of fans beyond family members of both teams and others who may perform during the event.
On the 2020 CENSUS Governor DeWine reminded Ohio citizens to complete the 2020 Census, adding that, “the Census determines how $675 billion is distributed among the states and Ohio’s representation in Congress. Those who have not yet completed the census can do so at www.2020Census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020.”