Concerns over the coronavirus have led to all kinds of changes for people around the world, and it's no different for big companies like WWE. As events like Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown are being held without fans in attendance, the WWE headquarters will now have fewer people in it, too. Rumors are swirling that all employees have been told to work remotely from home until further notice due to COVID-19.
Many companies are advising their employees to stay home and work remotely if at all possible. This is being done to extend the idea of "social distancing" and to keep people from spreading the virus to one another if they have it.
According to PW Insider, WWE sent out a company email to all employees telling them to work from home if they're able to do so. This is being done for the "foreseeable future" to help battle the outbreak of the coronavirus.
For quite some time now, WWE has had a number of different departments working remotely to test out how it would work. With the pandemic becoming much worse than originally feared, it has spread to even more departments, and now the entire company has issued this work-from-home announcement so that employees can stay as safe as possible.
This past week, WWE moved Friday Night SmackDown from its scheduled event in Detroit, Michigan to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Not only was the last-minute move made, but it was an event also held in front of an empty arena with only necessary personnel in attendance.
The same is being done this week for Monday Night Raw, as it has also been moved to the Performance Center.
WWE has a number of big decisions and obstacles in their immediate path in regard to COVID-19, and one is WrestleMania 36. Tampa, Florida city officials met this week to discuss the postponement or cancellation of "major" events in the city, with the biggest wrestling event of 2020 being among them.
City officials said there was still a bit of time left before making a decision, but they would "pull the plug" if WWE didn't act soon.
It is obvious that WWE is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously as is most everyone else around the world. Having headquarters employees work remotely from home is an ideal way of preventing the spread of coronavirus, but how long will it last? No one knows, but Vince McMahon's company has made a serious move in the interest of health and safety.