AEW President Tony Khan has revealed AEW’s stance on COVID-19 vaccinations, following the company’s return to touring in July.
Recently appearing on the Bloomberg Business of Sports podcast, Khan revealed that vaccinations are not currently mandatory, but are encouraged.
Discussing how the company is handling COVID-19 vaccinations, Khan said:
“Most of the roster has gotten (vaccinated) and we have encouraged people to do so. I haven’t (made vaccinations) mandatory, but I’ve also strongly encouraged and put in protocols to encourage everyone to do so because it’s much easier for the vaccinated folks to get through the day and interact outside of the ring. They just have to go through less rigorous procedures and testing. We’ve definitely encouraged everyone to do it. Most of our people are.”
When Khan was asked if there are incentives backstage in regard to getting vaccinated, he responded:
“We have created a great backstage environment where people want to spend time together. We’ve also put in thorough testing protocols. Not being a part of the most rigorous levels of testing and also having the ability to go out and do what you want and live your life like we did before without these protocols makes it much more savory and encouraging for the vaccinated.”
AEW star Chris Jericho’s next Rock N Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise, set for October 21-25, will reportedly require both cruise guests and wrestling talent on the cruise to provide proof of vaccination.
Transcription courtesy of Fightful