Reopening dates set for Ohio banquet centers, bowling alleys; students can resume sports training May 26

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio leaders have announced several things like bowling alleys, skills training for student sports and catering and banquet halls can resume operations within the next two weeks.

During Thursday’s coronavirus briefing, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced starting May 26, bowling alleys, miniature golf and batting cages can resume operations. These operations can resume if they meet safety protocols.

Husted also mentioned a conversation with the OHSAA regarding sports and skills training for student athletes. Husted said while plans for the fall school year are being discussed, he said it’s important that training can resume for sports.

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On May 26, training for all sports, including contact sports like football and lacrosse, can resume as long as safety protocols are followed. Husted clarified that tournaments, games and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited for now.

In addition, that skills training also includes the use of school buildings and facilities.

“It’s also important to note that a practical component of making this happen will also include a change in the health order that will allow school buildings and facilities to be used for skills training,” Husted said.

Husted said the use of these facilities will be up to the school district.

As far as events go, Husted said while things like weddings and funerals were never banned, events like wedding receptions have been limited. He announced catering and banquet centers can reopen under similar guidelines as restaurants effective June 1. Husted said guidelines include 6 feet between tables and no congregating. For the immediate future, crowd size will be limited to 300.

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