We have learned that three places WWE has been using to tape in recent months are being investigated as COVID-19 “hotspots.”
WFTV is reporting that the Orange County Department of Health has asked Orlando’s COVID-19 Strike Team to investigate a list of 17 businesses where the coronavirus may be spreading, and three of them are WWE locations.
The list includes places like the Boggy Creek Amazon distribution center and two Crunch Fitness locations, as well as eight bars in the area. WWE’s locations on the list are Full Sail University (specified as “WWE Full Sail”), the WWE Performance Center, and the Amway Arena where WWE has residency for Raw and SmackDown tapings via the ThunderDome.
WWE is no longer using Full Sail University for their NXT tapings. The tapings have since been moved to the Performance Center, which has now been renovated into the Capitol Wrestling Center.
WWE issued the following statement in regards to the investigation:
“WWE is not open to the public, but rather operating on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance. As part of on-going weekly testing protocols, Aventus Labs have administered more than 10,000 PCR tests to WWE performers, employees, production staff and crew resulting in only 1.5 percent positive cases as compared to the current national average of more than 5%. Additionally, extensive contact tracing takes place and impacted individuals are placed in 14-day quarantine and then only cleared after they test negative.”