OHSAA urges Ohio high school athletes, coaches to receive vaccine, wear masks

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association issued a memo Thursday morning, urging member athletes and coaches to get vaccinated.

“Although Ohio lifted most statewide pandemic-related health orders on June 2, 2021, the risk is still there for illness from COVID-19,” the memo read. “The OHSAA and ODH urge the membership to continue to follow safe protocols to protect everyone, especially those individuals who are not fully vaccinated.”

The OHSAA acknowledged there a no mandates requiring the vaccine, but in an effort to protect the unvaccinated, they are recommending masks be worn and social distancing be practiced.

“It is highly recommended that coaches and student-athletes who are eligible for vaccinations to be vaccinated and it is highly recommended that those who are unvaccinated maintain social distancing and wear masks in indoor facilities and in outdoor facilities where there are crowded situations,” the memo stated.

You can view the full memo here.