Over the last week or so, WWE has reportedly made mask-wearing mandatory for everyone at the Performance Center, except for when wrestling of course.
Talent will be fined $500 for not wearing a mask, and then $1000 for any further offence after that. This will hopefully make the PC a much safer place after a reported COVID-19 breakout a few weeks ago.
With regards to why the masks were made mandatory, Fightful is reporting that a Raw roster member approached Vince McMahon with his concerns regarding WWE’s COVID-19 safety measures.
The report also goes on to state why mask-wearing wasn’t made mandatory beforehand:
WWE has implemented new measures to help fight COVID, but several changes were already underway.
Fightful has learned that WWE had made several moves over recent weeks, including splitting the Raw and Smackdown tapings as to have fewer people around at the shows. These moves alone helped ease the mind of some on the roster that raised concerns. That didn’t quite settle things, though.
After a hiatus of a few weeks due to COVID-19 concerns,, a returning Raw star was said to have approached Vince McMahon shorty after his arrival at last week’s Raw tapings. We’ve heard that the wrestler expressed his concerns about proper measures not being taken seriously enough, such as mask utilization and social distancing. This led to McMahon adding the rule that masks are mandatory and failure to comply will result in a fine.
When asked why McMahon hadn’t already instituted the changes, another wrestler told Fightful that Vince McMahon is stowed away in an office during most of the taping days and doesn’t typically see whether or not the practices are put in play. Occasionally Vince does appear at Gorilla Position, as well.
This is obviously a step in the right direction for WWE, especially considering just shy of 40 people within the company have now reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.