COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For Ohio State University football games, masks will be required at the stadium, but not while sitting in the stands.
OSU released game day mask policies Tuesday, requiring masks for all interior public spaces at the Shoe, including the Huntington Club, elevators, first aid rooms, restrooms, and the press box.
Masks will not be required for outdoor public spaces, including entry gates, concourses, concession stands, and the seating bowl.
In addition to the stadium, masks will be required during Skull Session, inside French Field House, and on all campus public transportation including shuttles.
The university updated its mask policy, requiring students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated people are required to wear masks outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible, while vaccinate people are not required to mask up outside.
The Ohio State University encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Fans said they’ll do what they need to in order to see their Buckeyes in person.
“I think that’s irresponsible and people should wear masks for themselves first, but for other people as well because the disease is still here,” said Buckeye fan Abdou Diagne.
“As a vaccinated student, I feel comfortable in where I am,” said OSU student Jared Morris. “I know this new delta variant is pretty scary, but I feel like I got vaccinated for a reason. If they want us to wear masks, I’ll put on a mask, but I trust what the university wants to do with it.”
Diagne said given the state of the pandemic at this time, he’ll be watching the games from home.
“Because I know there won’t be any social distancing and people will want to be close together and feel the game because they haven’t been in the games for a while, but I think it’s too soon,” he said.
Morris said he’s cautious of the delta variant and understands social distancing will be tough, but is planning on being in the stands this season. He said he’s OK with the university’s decision and won’t wear a mask at games unless he has to.
“As a student that feels like he missed out on a lot of college because of COVID, I got my vaccine,” he said. “I feel like that’s what I got it for. I feel comfortable without one and I don’t think I’m going to wear one, but that’s just the risk that I’m taking.”
For more protocols for the 2021 football season, including a new app for parking passes and ticket scanning, click here.
The Buckeyes’ first home game of the season is Sept. 11 at noon against Oregon. The season starts Sept. 2 with Ohio State traveling to Minnesota.