Pro wrestling is now deemed "essential" to the State of Florida per Governor Ron DeSantis who has allowed the WWE to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings was asked why the WWE Performance Center has been allowed to stay in business while other non-essential companies have been forced to close.
"I think initially there was a review that was done and they were not initially deemed an essential business,” Demings said. "With some conversation with the Governor’s office regarding the Governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. And so, therefore, they were allowed to remain open."
The WWE tells says that the health and safety of talent and staff is their top priority.
“We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times. We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”
The WWE confirmed a performer tested positive for COVID-19, that person caught it from medical workers and the performer has recovered.
“In terms of the specifics associated with the wrestling personality who tested positive, I don’t know any of the details of that obviously because of HIPAA laws," Demings added. "But, that’s like a little family. A small family of professional athletes that wrestle. And, if one of my family members tested positive in my house, that would be concerning to me."
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