A lot has changed in the WWE landscape in the past week in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has many people nervous. Due to the ordinances in place in Florida, it was confirmed on Monday that WrestleMania 36 will take place with no fans in attendance. Now the WWE has revealed it is doing even more to keep its employees safe.
In a statement to Sports Illustrated, WWE stated that all staff members will undergo medical screenings before entering any facility where matches for the special event will be filmed.
On Wednesday night, WWE officially announced that WrestleMania 36 would be held over the course of two nights and in multiple locations. This is being done to break things up for the fans watching at home, but to also keep the number of people in each venue to a bare minimum.
Only essential personnel will be allowed on the closed WrestleMania 36 sets for the pay-per-view matches, and only after being cleared by medical professionals.
“In consultation with WWE Medical Director Dr. Maroon, WWE Associate Medical Director Dr. Dugas and ringside physician Dr. Westerfield, as a best practice and precautionary measure all WWE performers and staff are required to participate in medical screenings prior to entering WWE’s training center, which is now operating as a closed set.”
WWE has been holding meetings with its talent and production staff to discuss on how to keep each other healthy and safe. The medical screenings won’t just serve to keep the risk of the coronavirus down, but also to give the talent and crew some sense of relief while they are on set.
Sports Illustrated has also learned that a specific “series of protocols” has been set in place by WWE, based on guidelines from both the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
WWE is expected to have all of these protocols in place for those entering the locations where their upcoming events will happen. With two weeks until the pay-per-view, there are still multiple episodes of Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, and NXT scheduled and those will help fill the card of WrestleMania 36.
Many fans are not thrilled with the idea that WrestleMania 36 is not taking place in Tampa or as originally planned, but WWE has made it clear that their main priority is the safety of both its superstars and their supporters. As always, fans will still be able to watch the annual special event on pay-per-view via the WWE Network.