Whereas a lot of the leisure and stay occasion industries have shut down of late, WWE has solid forward with its weekly TV programming amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Having relocated their reveals to the WWE Efficiency Heart in Orlando, the corporate is embracing new measures to guard expertise and crew members from the virus.
“At a typical occasion, expertise are milling about, they’re at catering or wherever once they’re not truly in a part of the present,” Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s chief model officer, tells Selection. “That’s now allowed now. There’s in depth testing and screening once you first come within the facility no matter whether or not you’re a expertise, a crew member, or anybody else. Working with our medical doctors, you will have your temperature taken. When you have a temperature over 100.four levels, you’re robotically requested to depart.”
“In case you’ve been overseas or been in contact or involved with anyone who’s been overseas you’re not allowed within the facility,” McMahon continued. “We’re taking each precaution we will. It’s additionally why you don’t see expertise or anybody else within the viewers. We actually are adhering to all the rules that we will to keep up the well being and security of our crew and our performers.”
Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Ph.D, dean of and a professor at Tulane College’s Faculty of Public Well being and Tropical Drugs, says that taking temperatures constitutes “the primary line of testing,” however it’s not a foolproof methodology.
“You’ll be able to definitely nonetheless be asymptomatic and nonetheless be a service and there’s simply no means of figuring out that by simply taking temperatures,” LaVeist tells Selection.
Along with taking temperatures, WWE says that segments that are actually filmed on closed units are completed in waves to restrict the quantity of personnel in attendance. WWE has additionally beforehand acknowledged that solely “important personnel” are current throughout filming beneath present situations, although the corporate wouldn’t verify precisely how many individuals that’s when requested by Selection past saying they had been “adhering to/following CDC pointers and state/native mandates.”
“CDC places out the quantity 10 however that’s extra of a compromise,” LaVeist says. “When you consider what is definitely secure from a public well being science standpoint, there isn’t any secure quantity. Any contaminated particular person can have an effect on some other particular person.”
“The whole variety of folks you will have additionally will depend on the scale of the room they’re in,” he continued. “30 folks dispersed all through a room that’s constructed to accommodate 300 might be secure. It’s troublesome to say. In a typical dimension elevator, three folks is just too many. There’s a lot nuance to this that its exhausting for CDC to give you suggestions that match each circumstance.”
One other main security issue for WWE expertise is journey, as they’re often on the highway a lot of the 12 months performing within the firm’s televised stay reveals and pay-per-views, in addition to non-televised stay occasions generally known as home reveals.
“We have now loads of expertise who stay within the Florida space, which may be very useful,” McMahon says. “Throughout any kind of intensive taping interval we’re asking all of our expertise to stay within the Orlando space and never journey.”
A person with information of the scenario says that WWE has completed advance tapings for a number of episodes of its weekly reveals. The corporate can also be taping its flagship pay-per-view WrestleMania prematurely in “multiple locations,” with the present now airing over two nights on April four and 5. The person notes that WWE put the superior taping schedule in place forward of Orlando issuing a stay at home order, which is able to shut all non-essential companies within the metropolis as of Thursday night time for 2 weeks.
Because of the predetermined outcomes of WWE matches, the corporate has a bonus over different main sports activities leagues which have suspended operations resulting from coronavirus. The NBA, MLB, NHL, and different leagues have all shut down or delayed their seasons because the virus continues to unfold around the globe.
“WWE is fan first” McMahon says. “We’re all about offering content material for our followers, offering an expertise for them that’s worthy of their ardour. They arrive first. Every little thing we do, we do by means of a lens of ‘How can we finest serve our followers?’”
McMahon went on to say that WWE is at present experimenting with expertise that may permit followers to expertise WrestleMania nearly, as “in the end what we need to do is present our viewers with that escape.”