Bowling alleys
Bowling alleys

COLUMBUS — On May 26, leagues and competition for non- or low-contact sports can begin.

On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted added bowling alleys, miniature golf and batting cage facilities as places that can open May 26 if they follow proper health and safety protocols.

Husted said he has also been in talks with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to discuss skills training and conditioning for athletes during the summer.

"I have had these conversation with OHSAA and many students are concerned about preparation for summer training for the next school year's sports," Husted said. "Skilled training and conditioning is important to start now. Effective May 26, skills training can resume for all other sports football, soccer, lacrosse, etc."

Husted added that this does not mean scrimmages, games and competition can take place in contact sports.

He also had news on banquet facilities.

"Catering and banquet centers will be able to reopen under similar guidelines as restaurants and bars on June 1. Guidelines include six feet between tables and no congregating. For the immediate future, crowd size will be limited to 300," Husted said. "We want to proceed with cautious optimism and return to life as we like it without putting our loved ones at risk."

Governor Mike DeWine discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the African American community in Ohio.

"This community has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. African Americans make up 13-14 percent of the Ohio population, yet 26 percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 are African American," DeWine said. "As governor, my job is to help protect the safety of all of our communities. We have an obligation to be even more mindful in our response to helping those at higher risk. It should not matter where you live or what race you are. We have an obligation to help all Ohioans. Today we have created two new data dashboards that look at key factors associated with health and well-being so we can better determine vulnerable populations who need help. You can find them at"

Thursday’s Ohio data:

There are 30,167 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,836 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 5,295 people have been hospitalized, including 1,397 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.