Coronavirus Update: CMA, Contact Sports & More
Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 cases — As of Thursday, June 18, 5,889 cases and 269 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 7,833 cases and 358 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 43,122 cases and 2,633 deaths have been confirmed or are probable, as reported by the Ohio Department of Health.
Contact Sports — In his Thursday press conference, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that football, lacrosse and other contact sports can resume with a Phase 2 reopening, set for June 22. Scrimmages and full training can begin as long as safety protocols are observed, as outlined at coronavirus.ohio.gov. It will be up to local sports organizations and high schools on exactly when.
Columbus Museum of Art — The Columbus Museum of Art has announced its reopening dates, with members allowed to visit the museum beginning June 23 and all visitors welcome beginning June 30. Aligned with the state’s reopening protocols, a dated, timed admission ticket will be required for entrance. The museum will also have hand-sanitizer readily on site, courtesy of Middle West Spirits.
Visit columbusmuseum.org for more information, including new operation times and other protocols.
Hollywood Casino — Hollywood Casino Columbus will officially reopen tomorrow, June 19 at 6 a.m. Among the changes visitors will see include guests wearing masks, which is encouraged inside the facility and required at table games. In addition, table game seating will be limited and slot machines will be positioned to allow for social distancing.
The casino’s gaming floor will be limited to 50% capacity, and live music and entertainment will remain suspended for the time being. Visit hollywoodcolumbus.com for more information.
Property Tax Assistance Program Deadline Extended — The deadline to apply for the Property Tax Assistance Program has been extended to July 5. The program will continue to accept applications from low-income homeowners age 60 or older who need help paying their 2019 second-half property taxes.
Information about the program and an application can be found on the Auditor’s office website, or by calling 614.525.HOME.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.