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Proms, graduations will go on in Ohio, with limitations

All events must adhere to state statutes on social distancing and mask wearing.
Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 11:11 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - The Ohio Department of Health will allow proms and graduation ceremonies to go on in the state, despite ongoing coronavirus concerns. Those events, however, will need to adhere to strict limitations and conform to state COVID-19 guidelines.

For proms, that means holding outdoors if possible or in well-ventilated facilities if not. It will also require students to adhere to social distancing measures, which could prove difficult at an event where dancing is one of the main attractions. Rather than providing strict guidelines on the number of attendees at prom or post-prom activities, the state instead instructed schools to choose a venue large enough to fit the required number of students with social distancing in place.

Graduation ceremonies, meanwhile, are strongly recommended to take place outside and attendance must be limited so as to provide for proper social distancing. The state is also recommending schools consider splitting commencement ceremonies into smaller groups to allow for more people to attend overall. Any ceremony held inside will be limited to the 25% capacity set for all indoor gatherings.

In all cases, masks are required, as are standard screening, quarantine, and cleaning procedures to account for viral spread. People who are sick are asked to remain home or to leave the event if they begin feeling sick. Microphones at graduation events will need to be sanitized between speakers.

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