Masks again required at Ohio State events
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Masks again required at Ohio State events

Zack Carpenterabout 1 month
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Those attending Ohio State indoor events will still be required to wear masks. (Zack Carpenter/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS – We will soon be heading into a new year, but rules at Ohio State indoor venues when it comes to COVID-19 will be the same in 2022 as they were in 2021.

The Buckeyes athletic department released a statement on Tuesday as a reminder that fans attending Ohio State sporting events in January will be required to wear masks. That is regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated, as Ohio State University and City of Columbus policies still require masks to be worn 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 Athletic Department said in the statement. “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.”

The Buckeyes next major home sporting event will come on Jan. 9 when the men’s basketball team is set to square off with Northwestern at Value City Arena.

Due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests – whether within the Ohio State team and coaching staff or its opponents – the Buckeyes men’s basketball team has not played a game since Dec. 11 when they dismantled Wisconsin in a 73-55 victory in a top-25 showdown.

No matter when the next time Ohio State plays at home – whether that’s Jan. 9, Jan. 16 (Penn State) or Jan. 22 (Nebraska) – fans will be required to wear masks as they look for the Buckeyes to unbeaten at home. Ohio State is currently 6-0 at the Schottenstein Center this season.