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2 PM: Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted give update on COVID-19, address plan for high school sports

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 09:37:51-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will give an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and address the safety guidelines for fall sports for school districts in the state on Tuesday.

The briefing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Watch it live in the media player below.

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DeWine and his team have been working with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to create guidelines to make fall sports, especially contact sports such as football, as safe as possible for student-athletes.

"This is a decision that is going to be made by our parents," DeWine said last week. "It’s gonna be a decision that’s gonna be made by schools. They’re going to make those decisions."

Last week, DeWine also said that fans able to attend fall sporting events will be restricted but the goal is to allow parents and guardians to attend the competitions.

"We want the athletes to compete. We want the young people to have their season, but we want to do it as safely as possible,” DeWine said. “And so this will be a little disruptive for some people, but what we want to make sure is that the parents, people who mean a lot to that particular child have the opportunity to see them. And then for the rest of us — we’ll have to hear about the game or maybe we can pick it up on the internet, YouTube, but it's about the kids.”

If DeWine does approve football to resume this fall, OHSAA has already voted on and outlined a plan for the season.

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