Yesterday it emerged that three WWE venues (Amyway Center, Performance Center and Full Sail) are currently under investigation, as all three are deemed to be COVID hotspots in Florida.
WWE swiftly responded, issuing the following statement regarding the investigation and its COVID protocol:
“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.”
Florida reporter Jon Alba, who has broken a lot of news in recent weeks with regards to WWE and the state of Florida has noted that the company isn’t expected to be punished following the investigation.
Alba posted the following series of messages on Twitter after the news broke last night, noting that his government sources described the investigation as a “check-up”:
I’ve followed up on Dr. Raul Pino’s public comment that the Florida Department of Health in Orange County was sending strike teams to entities in the county because they were reported as potential high-infection spots. As noted by others, #WWE has multiple venues on it (thread):
This does NOT necessarily mean #WWE has had new COVID-19 outbreaks. I have reported on multiple outbreaks in the past several months within the company, and it’s likely those are the points of reference. What it DOES mean now is that the strike force will visit for a report.
A government source tells me it is unlikely #WWE will actually face any repercussions because of this, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. I was told it’s more likely to resemble a “check up.” It is worth noting #WWENXT recently started allowing outsiders into the PC.
Paul Levesque had mentioned in a press conference those individuals were both tested and temperature checked before entry to the #WWE PC, which is on the list above. But this does not necessarily mean there have been new outbreaks. Should hear more by next week.
The important thing is, this does not mean that WWE necessarily has several new COVID cases that have yet to be officially reported or announced. Many fans were worried this was the case when news of the investigation broke last night.
Jon Alba notes that we should hear more about this developing story by next week. For any potential updates, make sure you stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com.