Ohio State issued a news release Thursday afternoon outlining some of the health and safety protocols in place as it moves into the next phase of offseason football workouts.
In a list of bullet points, the school said players will be "routinely tested" for COVID-19 and remain subject to daily symptom assessments when they begin walkthrough practices on Friday.
Additional protocols for organized football activities include physical distancing, mask-wearing, proper hygiene and limited capacity while indoors, according to details from the school.
Ohio State said the protocols were developed with guidance from its COVID-19 transition task force, among other groups, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio Department of Health.
The Buckeyes first returned to campus on June 8 for voluntary workouts, which were shut down for a week earlier this month when multiple athletes across seven varsity sports tested positive for the coronavirus. They restarted July 15.
Citing privacy concerns, Ohio State has declined to release the number of positive tests among athletes, coaches and staff members since workouts began.
The next phase of workouts includes up to six hours of walkthroughs each week, along with eight hours of weightlifting and conditioning and six hours of meetings between coaches and players.
Under NCAA rules, the team can work out with a football during the walkthroughs, but no other equipment is permissible. They cannot go through live contact.
The 20-hour weeks lead into the start of preseason training camp, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 7.
Some questions, though, linger around the start of next month’s camp. Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith said in a radio interview Wednesday that he currently lacked a "comfort level" for it to begin. Coronavirus case numbers in Ohio have risen in recent weeks, including 1,444 new infections reported Thursday.
Last month, the NCAA’s Division I council approved the 20-hour weeks in order to allow for a longer ramp-up period to prepare for a fall season.
Most teams, including the Buckeyes, saw a majority of their spring practices canceled in March due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Ohio State held only three spring practices prior to the shutdown.