Over the past few weeks, colleges and universities around the country have announced policies for fan attendance at sporting events.
Several schools announced they won’t allow fans into college football games without fans being vaccinated or providing a negative COVID-19 test. Ohio State, however, refrained from announced any such plans.
Until now. On Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the school will not require fans to be vaccinated or have a recent negative test.
“We’re leaving it up to our fans to be safe and be responsible,” Smith said via the Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio State isn’t joining the small handful of schools requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test in order to attend home football games this fall.
“We’re leaving it up to our fans to be safe and be responsible,” A.D. Gene Smith said. https://t.co/151qso0z5m
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“At the end of the day, we have to let people make a choice,” Smith said. “There’s an assumption of risk here. The reality is people need to be careful. I would hope that if you’re unvaccinated, you will wear a mask. And if you’re uncomfortable being outdoors, you wear a mask.
“You go to grocery stores, you go get gas at the gas station, you go to the movie theaters, people are moving around in our society. So how do you move around safely? You have to figure that out for yourself. Hopefully you do that and be conscious of other people.”
In just a few days, Ohio State hosts Oregon in what will be one of the biggest college football games of the season. It would be a shock if Ohio Stadium wasn’t filled to capacity on Saturday afternoon.
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