OHSAA tournaments will have ‘limited spectators

OHSAA Tournaments to Continue with Limited Spectators
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered most spectators to be kept away from indoor sporting events

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio, including high school, collegiate and professional sports, shall continue without most spectators in attendance as Ohio seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

“This will be a very difficult time for our schools and fans, but we cannot ignore the directive of the Governor,” OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass said. “We are pleased that our tournaments can continue and we will soon determine who can attend. However, we can already say that it will most likely be no more than the immediate family of the student-athletes participating in the event.”

Boys basketball regional tournament games scheduled for Tuesday night can proceed with fans. The OHSAA will announce Wednesday morning how the tournaments will proceed moving forward.

More information will be released as soon as possible, including the process for tickets already sold and what kind of media coverage will be permitted at the state tournaments.

The OHSAA girls basketball state tournament begins Thursday at St. John Arena, the wrestling state tournament begins Friday at the Schottenstein Center and the ice hockey state tournament begins Saturday morning at Nationwide Arena.
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Stupid. That’s obviously what they think of the fans. Fans are too stupid to make up their own minds whether they want to attend. it would make more sense if they limited fans based upon the risk of common cold out flu.
if it’s so serious the media shouldn’t be allowed. The amount of contacts they make is far more than most fans.


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Most people have no hope of understanding the numbers game here. We have leadership for a reason. They are not asking anyone to do anything immoral. They're asking them to do it on faith that the leadership has more information available.

Virus survives a short distance. Yes, they're probably more consistent if they tell those few attending to spread out. But that's not the real issue here. A virus can have well a tipping point. A place of stability and containment and then, not. Small groups can be contained. At a certain point, too many infecting too many or even the contagent rate can increase, health services get overwhelmed and can no longer contain the spread. It goes until the food level falls back below the tipping point.

It's a classic predator-prey problem. We're the prey and we do not understand the predator. We do not know it's capabilities and if it has limitations.

It's getting really easy to see who couldn't be trusted in war emergency here. This consequence is near the bottom of consequences. Save some stress and roll with it.
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