Ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit, masks became an integral part of our daily lives. While the habit of wearing masks is a sign of respect and care for oneself and others, more often than not, it’s been institutionalized as a political issue.
On Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez reported that Kevin Dunn had instructed fans to remove their masks during the tapings. Interestingly, WWE doesn’t want masks to appear on television and Dunn told fans that “If you want to wear a mask, then you’re not a fan.”
The Executive Vice President of WWE had ordered the security personnel to take masks from fans over a loudspeaker.
WWE also told fans that “If you want to wear a mask then stay at home.” The billion-dollar promotion doesn’t want masks to pop up on camera as they continue to make efforts to resume live events at the earliest.
In an official statement, WWE addressed the matter while highlighting the fact that face masks weren’t required since the floor was barely full and social distancing guidelines were strictly followed.
“Fans have not been in attendance at WWE events since March 13. Yesterday, a select number of friends and family were permitted to attend WWE’s TV production. These individuals were required to participate in medical screenings prior to entering the closed set at our training facility, and were kept apart from in-ring performers and production personnel. Attendance was below 20% capacity and social distancing guidelines were adhered to with at least six feet between parties, thus face masks were not required.”
It’s strange that WWE doesn’t want masks to appear on television when considering the fact that fans had to sign waivers before entering the Performance Center which freed WWE from liabilities in case any fan contracted the novel coronavirus at the tapings.