State of Ohio announces full-contact sports may resume scrimmages, training on June 22

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 14:58:02-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During a press conference on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced the second phase in reopening sports in Ohio amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first phase, which included non-contact or limited-contact sports, allowed golf, softball, baseball, tennis and other paddle sports to reopen on May 26.

On Thursday, Husted announced the second phase, which will allow full-contact sports, such as football and basketball, to resume scrimmages and full training regiments beginning June 22, as long as they follow health guidelines provided by the state.

While the state will allow these practices and training sessions to resume, Husted said the decision to resume them on June 22 will be up to local schools and sports organizers, who may choose to postpone those practices and sessions until a later date.