Schools can submit a plan to allow more spectators at sports events than the limit set by the state

Posted at 5:58 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 17:58:58-04

CLEVELAND — Gov. Mike DeWine released a sports ordinance process on Tuesday for any athlete to follow when it comes to playing sports this fall.

The order limits the maximum number of spectators allowed at outdoor sports venues to either 1,500 people or 15% of seats, whichever is less.

For indoor sports venues, the maximum number of spectators allowed is the lesser of 300 or 15% of seats.

"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," said DeWine. "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."

DeWine said schools are allowed to request a higher spectator plan by submitting a written plan to their local health department.

It is the responsibility of the venue to enforce social distancing guidelines and prohibit congregating.

To read the full order, click here.

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