While much of the nation has closed down due to the Covid-19 virus, there is some question as to what qualifies as an essential business. The answers vary depending on which state a person lives in.
While post offices are closed in Florida preventing people from buying postal supplies, mailing bills and sending packages; Florida Governo Ron DeSantis has stated that the WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment – is an essential business and is allowed to remain open and operate in their Orlando facility.
Initially, the WWE was not placed on the essential business list and would have to shut down along with all other non-essential businesses on April 3; however, after WWE head Vince McMahon spoke with Florida governor (and friend of the White House), the ruling was changed and the WWE was renamed essential and allowed to remain open.
The WWE is the only sporting events continuing to operate in the United States after all events were postponed last month in wake of the pandemic.
In a memo from the Governor’s office on April 9, DeSantis has deemed, essential workers in Florida included, “employees at a professional sports (league) and media production with a national audience — including athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public,” because they are essential for the economy.
The WWE returned to airing live broadcasts of their WWE Raw on April 13.
The WWE issued a statement saying, “we believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times.” Adding, “we are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”
Revealing that a member of the company has tested positive for the virus, the WWE said via a statement, “we believe this matter is low risk to WWE talent and staff, as the individual and a roommate became symptomatic in the days following exposure to two people working in acute health care on the evening of March 26, after WWE’s TV production on a closed set was already complete.” The WWE said that the individual in question has not had any contact with any other WWE employee since their exposure; adding that the individual has since made a recovery.
It should be noted that the WWE has had in the past and continues to have ties with the White House including induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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