Preliminary guidelines issued for the reopening of performing arts and sports venues in Ohio

CINCINNATI (FOX19) – After months of mothballing and emptiness, audiences will soon be returning to Cincinnati’s sports and performance venues – Music Hall, Aronoff, Nippert Stadium, and the like.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced an upcoming order Friday night that will allow performing arts venues and sports venues to reopen with up to 15 percent of fixed seating capacity.

The capacity limit will be different for indoor and outdoor venues, with indoor events less than 15 percent or 300 people allowed and outdoor events allowed less than 15 percent or 1,500 people present.

The Ohio Department of Health may approve deviations from the capacity limits on a case-by-case basis.

The full order will be posted and signed in the coming days, but DeWine said he wanted to post the capacity limits to give organizations some lead time when planning performances and sporting events.

At the same time, DeWine issued guidelines for performing arts theaters and sports venues.

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The guidelines for theater require directors, producers, conductors, staff and volunteers to wear masks at all times, while actors, dancers, musicians and other performers are exempt from the mask requirement during rehearsals or performances.

The instructions recommend that musicians wear a mask with a “small slot for access to the mouthpiece”.

Due to the increased risk of virus transmission during these activities, social distancing, preferably greater than 6 feet, is recommended during auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Chorus numbers should be recorded in advance.

Participants must wear masks.

The instructions for sports facilities include strict requirements for a spectator path that allows physical distancing as guests move from the parking lot, through the checkout lines, scanning tickets and security checks to their seats.

Spectators must wear masks at all times, including at outdoor sports venues.

However, fans hoping to see a Reds game live and in person will have to wait. MLB’s Ken Rosenthal on FOX reported Tuesday that MLB is not ready to open games to fans.

As for FC Cincinnati at the start of its MLS season, the Enquirer reports that no fans are allowed to play in at least the club’s first three games.

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