DeWine: Full-contact sports in Ohio can resume June 22

Springboro against Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division 1, Region 2 playoffs on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Dublin.
Springboro against Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division 1, Region 2 playoffs on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Dublin.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Full-contact practices and scrimmages in all sports can resume Monday in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday, as long as safety protocols are observed.

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"Remember, June 22nd is the day contact practice may begin, but it will be up to local sports organizers and high school leaders on when it is the best time to proceed," DeWine wrote on Twitter. Training guidance will be updated soon and will be available on the http://coronavirus.ohio.gov."

DeWine allowed low-contact sports to resume May 26, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association allowed athletes to resume training at schools on June 1. Sports were shut down throughout the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.