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New health orders expand capacity at sports venues, entertainment venues, banquet centers in Ohio

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Mar 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-02 14:33:29-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud has signed updated health orders expanding capacity at mass gatherings, sports and entertainment venues.

The orders went into effect at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday.

Changes include:

  • Event banquet centers no longer have a 300-person limitation as long as they comply with other health orders such as wearing a mask.
  • The mask-wearing requirement will continue at wedding receptions, funerals and other events, whether or not food is served, at banquet facilities.
  • The maximum number of spectators in any indoor sports venue shall be 25% of fixed, seated capacity.
  • The maximum number of spectators permitted in any outdoor sports venue shall be 30% of fixed, seated capacity.
  • The maximum number of patrons permitted in any indoor entertainment venue shall be 25% of fixed, seated capacity.
  • The maximum number of patrons gathered in any outdoor entertainment venue shall be 30% fixed, seated capacity.
  • Pool tables, pinball machines, dart boards, juke boxes, video games, arcade games and other coin-operated machines are still permitted to be open

All public and private gatherings of greater than 10 people occurring outside a single residence and the real estate on which it is located, or an apartment, condominium, or dormitory living unit are prohibited, the order states.

The ODH said the limit of 10 people outside a single residence does not apply to religious observances, wedding ceremonies and funeral observances.

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