WWE is preparing for the worst as the Corona Virus pandemic shows no signs of slowing down. The effects of this global virus has literally shut down the world and some health experts are beginning to weigh in on when we can expect large group events such as sporting events, conventions and concerts to resume.
Los Angeles may hold off on allowing big gatherings until 2021 because of the coronavirus aftermath.
Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti raised the issue during his weekly briefing Monday with a group of high-level staff from several departments, including Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. Garcetti indicated during the conference call that “large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events may not be approved in the city for at least 1 year.”
Zeke Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and host of the coronavirus podcast “Making the Call,” tells the New York Times it could be well over a year before we’re going to concerts and sporting events again. Emanuel, noting that it could be a much longer wait than many suspect before those things return to our lives.
With many starting to come forward with guidelines on how to handle to start up of the economy post-covid and other cities and states starting to consider the reality of 2021 being the real return back to normal, WWE has begun preparations in the event they will no longer be able to tour with live events and paid attendance for the remainder of 2020.
Part of that plan is the massive layoffs that rolled out on Wednesday which saw almost a 100 WWE employees and contractors let go at the worst time possible to lose a job.
WWE is in close communication with the Trump administration and his advisors on how and when to proceed in this seemingly unknown territory and climate.
WWE already are producing all their shows from the WWE Performance Center and the Money In The Bank ppv will also be taped at the PC and at this point WWE will have to make a decision soon on SummerSlam which is scheduled to take place in Boston, Ma this August.
WWE is preparing to tape the rest of their calendar year shows at the Performance center if they are instructed to. Ideally this is not a good situation for WWE as they are a live event and ticket dependent operation.
WWE has already lost millions by not holding a live WrestleMania and these contingency plans are being designed strictly to ensure the survival of WWE as a company.
As the world moves forward in this never before charted territory our and our families health must become our highest priority. No one is certain how long this pandemic will last but we can think positive and hold hope it will all end soon.
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