In a video message Wednesday, Ohio State football coach Ryan Day urged fans to follow government guidelines issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"The health and the wellness of everybody right now is of the utmost importance, so please adhere to all the guidelines that our government has set forth," Day said. "We need to take this very, very seriously, and with that, we’re going to get through this thing together."
Fight!! pic.twitter.com/tOkmZms9aY— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) March 18, 2020
Day shared the video through his Twitter account, a post that was captioned simply, "Fight!!"
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Federal guidelines issued this week recommended that gatherings should be limited to 10 or fewer people as a social-distancing measure.
Ohio has also closed schools, restaurants, bars, gyms and other places in response to the outbreak.
"Although a lot of us and our loved ones are going to be affected by this physically, mentally and financially, we are in this thing together," Day said in his video message. "Times like this is when we need to come together even more. And even though we may be in isolation or quarantine, Buckeye Nation is strong, and we’re going to get in this together."
As part of a mandate from the Big Ten, all of Ohio State’s organized team activities are suspended through at least April 6, which includes spring football practice.