January 4, 2022

Update from the Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

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Jan. 4 Athletics Department Statement: Event Updates 

The Ohio State Department of Athletics looks forward to welcoming fans back to its athletic venues. With events beginning this week, starting with a scheduled women’s basketball game vs. Illinois Thursday, the department would like to share, in conjunction with Ohio State University’s return to campus guidelines, an important update regarding health and safety measures.

Beginning immediately, concessions will be closed at all university-related athletic events. Water will be available. Fans will not be permitted to bring food/beverage into athletic facilities. The department will continue to monitor and evaluate this policy moving forward and communicate any changes when applicable.

The university and City of Columbus policies require wearing of masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, for all faculty, staff and invitees. The department requires all patrons at our events to wear your mask at all times for your own safety and for the health, safety and well-being of others, including our student-athletes, campus community and visitors.

Guidance on the best type and fit of masks continues to evolve. The university strongly recommends surgical grade masks. Double-masking is recommended for those using cloth masks. University community members are encouraged to regularly check the CDC guidance on masks and other health and safety measures, including the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes webpage found here:

The university and the Department of Athletics encourage individuals to get vaccinated, boostered and to continue safety protocols. Vaccination and booster shots, in combination with mask-wearing, proactive testing, washing hands and other health measures, can dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness.


Dec. 28 Athletics Department Statement: Event Updates

The Ohio State Department of Athletics wishes everyone season’s greetings and a safe and enjoyable start to the New Year. With events returning to our athletics venues this week, the department would like to issue an important reminder.

University and City of Columbus policies are to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The department encourages and urges all patrons at our events to wear your mask at all times for your own safety and for the health, safety and well-being of others, including our student-athletes, campus community and visitors.

The Ohio State University is calling for another community-wide effort amid this nationwide surge of COVID-19 cases and emerging evidence about the new omicron variant, which is much more transmissible than previous strains of the virus.

The university and the Department of Athletics encourage individuals to get vaccinated, boostered and to continue safety protocols. Vaccination and booster shots, in combination with mask-wearing, proactive testing, washing hands and other health measures, can dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness.