The Ohio State University in Columbus is taking additional steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, President Kristina M. Johnson announced in a Nov. 19 email.

Effective at 6 p.m. Nov. 20, in-person classes will be moved online or to other forms of remote instruction. In-person instruction will be permitted for clinical programs, laboratory, studio and performance classes – all conducted under approved safety protocols. 

Any Ohio State employee who can telework should begin doing so immediately.

All Ohio State students, faculty and staff must abide by the statewide curfew and be in their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless they have essential work or other responsibilities allowed.

Everyone in Franklin County should stay home except for taking part in essential activities, in accordance with the stay-at-home advisory issued by the county and the City of Columbus

Johnson said the university was taking the additional actions due to surging cases of the novel coronavirus across the state, a statewide curfew, a stay-at-home advisory in Franklin County and the elevation of Franklin County to purple Level 4 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

"These steps are on top of the basics: Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands and stay at least 6 feet apart from others," Johnson wrote in the email.

Earlier this week, the university encouraged students to go home early for winter break to help de-densify campus populations, and announced the first two weeks of OSU's spring semester – Jan. 11 to Jan. 22, 2021 – will be virtual. 

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics announced Nov. 18 that family members of players and coaching staffs of teams competing this fall will no longer be permitted to attend sporting events.

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