WWE’s three bases of operations in Orlando, Florida are being investigated by an Orange County Department of Health strike team tasked with identifying COVID-19 hotspots, according to WFTV. This includes the WWE Performance Center, Full Sail University, longtime home to NXT until the advent of the Capitol Wrestling Center, and the Amway Center, known in the WWE Universe as the ThunderDome.
Several other businesses in the county are also being investigated in addition to WWE.
WWE released the following statement regarding the investigation:
WWE is not open to the public, but rather operating on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance. As part of on-going weekly testing protocols, Aventus Labs have administered more than 10,000 PCR tests to WWE performers, employees, production staff and crew resulting in only 1.5 percent positive cases as compared to the current national average of more than 5%. Additionally, extensive contact tracing takes place and impacted individuals are placed in 14-day quarantine and then only cleared after they test negative.
The pandemic didn’t cause WWE to miss a single show, even at the onset and height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Florida governor Ron DeSantis quickly deemed professional wrestling an “essential business“, allowing it to continue operations.
WWE does not allow fans at their shows outside of a small number of friends and families of employees, instead opting for a virtual fan experience. Their main competitor, AEW, also produces weekly live shows in Florida, and allows a small number of paying fans to attend their shows in widely spread out clusters.
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