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On governor’s recommendation, OHSAA limits crowds to parents-only through end of calendar year

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, November 24, 2020, 5:08 pm

If you’re a parent of a high school athlete in Ohio, you’re most likely still going to be able to see your child play for the remainder of the calendar year. 

Everyone else? Not at the moment.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday it would be acceding to the recommendation of Gov. Mike DeWine, who asked that high schools limit spectators to just parents — or eliminate spectators altogether — through Dec. 31, to help stifle the spread of COVID-19. 

“We want to follow this recommendation so that our kids can continue to compete,” OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute said in a news release. “We believe it is crucial that parents be permitted to attend the contests of their children, but large crowds at our indoor athletic contests are not a good idea at this time. We all need to work together to give our kids and schools the best chance at having a full winter season.” 

The OHSAA also asked schools to continue to permit media coverage of their events, but limit the access to media who regularly cover the teams involved, and provide live video streams for those who can’t be in attendance. 

To facilitate the attendance limits, schools that decide to admit parents are asked to make a checklist of permissible attendees for the point of entry to the facility. The OHSAA did not prohibit cheerleaders or pep bands, but did recommend against sending them on the road. 

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