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Ohio State University Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

"The Shoe" at Ohio State University
Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau
"The Shoe" at Ohio State University

Ohio State University has reinstated its mask mandate for indoor buildings only.

Ohio State University spokesman Ben Johnson says the mask mandate only applies to indoor spaces.

“We are reinstating it indoors because of the Delta variant and some of the other changes in the status of the virus and the transmissibility of the virus here in our community," Johnson says.

Johnson says early surveys of OSU students and staff show more than 73% of them are vaccinated against COVID-19. And he expects that number might go up a little as people continue to report their vaccine status. The deadline for doing that is Thursday.

OSU's Summer commencement is this upcoming weekend. Johnson says masks will be required inside the Schottenstein Center on Sunday but will not be required inside the OSU Football Stadium on Saturday because it is outdoors.

Johnson says the mask mandate will stay on until further notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks be worn indoors where there is substantial or high spread as shown on this map, which is updated nightly at 8 p.m.

Jo Ingles
Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.