Ben Asks a Question: Will high school sports happen this fall?

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 17:31:22-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announces a mask mandate for the state of Ohio, the governor fell short of giving a clear answer as to how high school sports will operate in the fall.

During his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, I asked DeWine about fall sports in high school -- and how Ohioans can expect teams to operate as some schools are opting for a blended learning schedule, with some students studying from home while others are on campus.

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DeWine gave a brief response, first noting that the situation is unpredictable.

“We just don’t know yet. I know everybody would like to know, everyone would like predictability, but our ability to have fall sports … really depends on what we’re going to do in the next couple weeks,” said DeWine. “We’ve got to have everybody wear a mask, we’ve got to have everybody, just the vast majority of people wearing masks.

Before concluding his answer DeWine reiterated a message he’s been giving the people of Ohio in recent weeks: it’s up to us to determine the future.

People need to be careful. We can take this thing down, it’s coming up on us but we can certainly take it down,” said DeWine. “So I don’t have a crystal ball, can’t predict, but it’s within our hands what we do in the next few weeks.”

DeWine is next set to address the public on Thursday.

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