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Attendance Restrictions Changed For Events

The state of Ohio has released new information regarding the number of people allowed to attend sporting events and other activities.

The figures apply to all sporting events, from youth programs through professional sports.

The new figures also apply to entertainment venues.

For any indoor sports venue, the maximum number of spectators allowed is now 25% of fixed seated capacity.

That’s an increase from previous orders, when spectator attendance was limited to 300 spectators or 15% of fixed seated capacity, whichever was lower.

For any outdoor sports venue, the maximum number of spectators allowed is now 30% of fixed seated capacity.

That’s a change from previous orders, when the maximum number of spectators allowed was the lesser of 1,500 or 15% of fixed seated capacity.

For indoor entertainment venues, the maximum number of patrons allowed is 25% of fixed seated capacity.

At outdoor entertainment venues, the maximum number of patrons allowed is 30% of fixed seated capacity.

Banquet Centers

Wedding receptions, funeral repasts, proms, and other activities at banquet facilities, whether or not food is served, “shall comply with previous signed health orders, including those regarding restaurants and facial coverings.”

But events at banquet centers no longer have a 300- person limitation “so long as they comply with other health orders,” the information states.

The changes regarding mass gatherings, sports, and entertainment venues was signed by Stephanie McCloud, Ohio Department of Health director. They were released by Mike DeWine, Ohio governor, Tuesday afternoon, March 2. The changes went into effect at 12:01 pm, yesterday, Tuesday.