The Mayor of Orange County, Florida confirmed WWE has been deemed an “essential business” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings took part in a press conference on Monday where he was asked how WWE has continued to create content while other businesses are forced to close.
“Initially there was a review that was done and they were not initially deemed an essential business,” Demings replied. “With some conversations with the Governor’s office regarding the Governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. So, therefore, they were allowed to remain open.”
As we previously reported, WWE shows reportedly will return to being filmed live starting this week.
The Mayor was also asked about WWE confirming an on-screen talent, who is not a member of the roster and has since recovered, testing positive for COVID-19.
“In terms of the specifics associated with the wrestling personality who tested positive, I don’t know any of the details of that obviously because of HIPAA laws,” he answered.
“But, that’s like a little family. A small family of professional athletes that wrestle. And if one of my family members tested positive in my house, that would be concerning to me. We would have to make some provisions in our house to make sure that the rest of us not get infected. So I would assume that, from a business perspective, the WWE is doing that type of analysis of its own family.”
Watch the press conference below.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet