Ohio State Relaxing Pandemic Restrictions on Dining, Concessions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio State University is relaxing many of its restrictions on dining, gatherings, and concessions on campus, that have been in place since the start of the Spring semester.

The advisory was shared with students Monday, from Athletics Director Gene Smith, and the university's Senior Vice-President for Student Life, Melissa Shivers.

Beginning February 1st, the university will begin holding in-person gatherings again, and will relax food and drink restrictions at those gatherings.

With regard to concessions, the stands at all athletic events will reopen, beginning with the Men's Basketball game on February 3rd at the Schottenstein Center.

Seating capacities at all dining locations on campus will also be reset to the standards set for the fall semester.

For recreation, the university now recommends masks, instead of requiring them, for strenuous activity. Access to indoor basketball courts and group fitness classes will be restored, as well as club sports and intramurals resumed.

The university citing the improved positivity rates for COVID-19, as well as a vaccination rate of over 93% in announcing the changes.

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