WWE Being Investigated For Possible COVID-19 Hotspots
The sports-entertainment juggernaut is under investigation for being labeled a spreader of COVID-19 where they film.
The Orange County Department of Health is investigating several buildings that are considered COVID-19 hotspots in the county. The buildings where WWE is running shows are part of that list.
F4WOnline is reporting that the Orange County Department of Health is asking its COVID-19 strike team to investigate 17 businesses where COVID-19 may be spreading. Well-known bars, a church, and two Crunch Fitness gyms are being looked at, but so are the big three WWE venues. The WWE Performance Center, Full Sail University, and the Amway Arena, all places WWE are currently holding events, are on the list.
In a statement, WWE said: "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."
However, there reportedly have been at least two COVID-19 outbreaks in WWE since moving all of their tapings to Florida. One in June and another in September, with the case of the latter, matches for the Clash of the Champions card had to be changed as a result.
WWE, like most televised sports, has felt the ramifications of the global pandemic and moved Wrestlemania 36 this year to the Performance Center. It's reported that the company won't even attempt to do live-events until January of 2021.