Battle of Columbus 2023 COVID Policy

The Battle of Columbus, Martial Arts World Games, is subject to rules and regulations as set forth by the Arnold Sport Festival organizing committee and the Columbus City Council.

The Columbus City Council passed an ordinance on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 requiring face coverings be worn by individuals 6 and older while in indoor public spaces. As a result, at this time, face coverings will be required to attend the 2023 Arnold Classic and related events, including the Battle of Columbus, on March 3-6, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Ohio Expo Center.

Exemptions to the order include those younger than 6 years of age; individuals with medical or behavioral conditions that preclude them from wearing a face covering; and anyone actively eating and drinking, engaged in sports and recreational activities, or giving a speech or performance before a live audience. The Battle of Columbus asks all participants to remained masked within our facility as much as possible following the guidelines and exemptions above.

The City of Columbus ordinance DOES NOT REQUIRE proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test to attend indoor events.