Virtual events should continue to be conducted when feasible as the health and safety of our community remain our top priority. If an event must take place in person, appropriate measures, such as physical distancing, must be preserved. All events must include registration or attendee lists that include participant contact information to facilitate contact tracing if needed.
Events at Ohio State may be held at a limited number of venues, provided the events comply with building reopening requirements and all rules mandated by the university, and state and local governments. All events must adhere to these requirements as a basis for minimal acceptable practices, understanding that individual units or facilities may issue additional guidelines for permissible events. Guidance on events is as follows:
- University-sponsored events should be limited to fewer than 100 total individuals and must be approved by the sponsor’s vice president or dean.
- Any university-sponsored event with 100 or more individuals must be approved by President’s Cabinet.
- Events sponsored by groups not affiliated with the university may take place in approved venues and must follow all university, state and local guidelines.
- Athletic events are not included in the 100 total individual threshold. Discussions remain underway about Ohio State athletics events for autumn, and an announcement will be made in the coming weeks. The Big Ten announced that it will move to a conference-only schedule for fall sports.
- Information about schedules and formats for Welcome Week events will be updated at welcomeweek.osu.edu.
Venues now permitted to hold events are:
- Blackwell/Pfahl Hall
- the Club
- Covelli Center
- Fawcett Center
- Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
- Ohio Stadium Club and small meeting spaces
- Outdoor athletics facilities
- Schottenstein Center
- Wexner Center for the Arts
- Wooster Conference Centers
Event organizers interested in planning an event at one of the above locations should work with the venue directly to discuss specific guidelines and options.
Our COVID-19 Transition Task Force, including its events group, will continue to review these facilities and consider the opening of additional event spaces. Facilities on regional campuses and other university-owned properties will be evaluated by a vice president or dean to determine readiness and appropriate dates to open.