We reported last week here on eWn that WWE has a new mask policy in place. The company informed all of their talent at last week’s TV tapings that their staff and roster, other than those who are working taped matches in the ring, now have to a wear a mask at all times. The company says there will be $500 fines for a first-time violation of the policy and $1,000 for the second. WWE officials were previously against wearing masks.
According to a report from Fightful, a returning RAW star who was away for several weeks due to concerns about COVID-19 spoke with Vince McMahon directly at last week’s TV tapings. While WWE had already been taking additional precautions due to the major outbreak in the company several weeks ago, the wrestler in question said that he was concerned that proper measures weren’t being taken seriously in WWE. That included not wearing masks and social distancing. McMahon then instituted the new rule.
For those wondering, Vince McMahon is usually in an office on most of the TV taping days and doesn’t see whether or not practices are put into play. That is part of the reason McMahon hadn’t already instituted the changes but it’s not like he didn’t know about it.