Multiple people within WWE, including in-ring talent, reportedly have recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet.
Ryan Satin reported that multiple people who attended the recent tapings at the WWE Performance Center received positive tests for COVID-19 this week. It is currently not known when they were tested nor how many of the positive cases were wrestlers but his sources stated at least three people had their results come back positive.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that one of his sources stated that the number of positive tests is in the “two dozen range” although that number has yet to be confirmed by his other sources. Johnson reported that the same source stated that the positive tests are across the board with talent, production, and staff infected.
WWE released a statement to media saying, “WWE will continue COVID-19 testing of its talent, production crew and employees in advance of TV productions for the foreseeable future.”
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp reported that WWE will no longer be allowing outside fans and friends and family of talent to be in attendance starting with this Friday’s scheduled tapings.
In regards to the situation with the coronavirus in Florida, home to both WWE and AEW’s television tapings, the state recorded around 5,500 new confirmed cases for Wednesday. This is triple the amount of confirmed cases reported by state officials two weeks ago.
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – states which were COVID-19 hot spots a couple of months ago but have now seen a big drop in cases – announced that people who have visited Florida (among several other states) will now need to quarantine for 14 days if they travel to NY, NJ or CT. Both WWE and AEW have been taping almost all of their shows in Florida during the pandemic and several of their wrestlers and staff live in NJ, NJ or CT. WWE’s headquarters is also in Connecticut, so it remains to be seen what effects the new travel restrictions will have on wrestling.