Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States since mid-March, most states have shut down holding events whether that be entertainment or sports without fans in attendance as a way to battle the spread of the virus.
Florida has been a state that has been more relaxed than most when it comes to allowing sporting events to take place without fans. WWE has been running closed set shows from the Performance Center in Orlando while AEW has taped in both Georgia and Jacksonville. This past week, the UFC held three shows in Jacksonville.
Earlier this month Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced guidelines for his state where it was noted that large sporting events can welcome fans but must run at 25 percent capacity and should follow social distancing guidelines.
Then, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt stated a few days after DeSantis comments about he’s ready to open his state. His plan was to slowly reopen businesses in the state that includes getting sporting events back. He stated that he hopes to bring in pro wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts events to generate revenue for the economy.
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon stated on a recent earnings conference call that he wasn’t sure as to when WWE will resume holding shows with fans.
A new report by WrestleVotes surfaced on Tuesday that stated the plan remains to return to live audiences when permitted and it all comes down to the way states handle it.
“I’ve asked a source for an update on live events returning. Status quo as of now. The plan remains to return to live audiences when permitted, which then depends on each state. Still a tricky situation. I wouldn’t hold my breathe for anything prior to July.”
I’ve asked a source for an update on live events returning. Status quo as of now. The plan remains to return to live audiences when permitted, which then depends on each state. Still a tricky situation. I wouldn’t hold my breathe for anything prior to July.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) May 19, 2020