WWE and AEW have been running live and taped shows without any fans in attendance for almost two months at this point, but it seems like it could be coming to an end soon. WWE returned to a live schedule a few weeks ago, while AEW goes live next week, and they could be returning with a set of fans in attendance.
Florida is the preferred location for both the companies for their shows due to the state’s relaxation on sports, as wrestling, among other sports, was declared as “essential business” in the state.
Florida governor announced a three-phase plan to re-open the state and return to normal activities, with Phase 1 kicking in this Monday. Except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach areas, Phase 1 will kick off in the rest of the state.
Phase 1 will allow gatherings of no more than ten people, and employers will have to keep screening their employees if they are to report to work. It was also noted that vulnerable populations i.e the elderly and individuals with health issues, should stay at home.
Other recreational spots like Bars, Restaurants, Night Clubs, Gyms and Fitness Centers, will be allowed to function, but with only 50% of their capacity.
Large spectator buildings (like the ones AEW and WWE use for their shows) will be allowed to function at 25% of their capacity, with strict social distancing guidelines.
This comes as major news for both the promotions, as they will be able to bring in fans for their tapings, even though it will be only one-fourth of the arena. WWE and AEW haven’t responded to these new norms yet, but it could be possible that they are already working on ticket sales for the Performance Center and the Daily’s Place.
While AEW begins live programming on May 5, WWE is scheduled to return for the next set of tapings on Monday, May 11. Phase Two will kick in after the completion of Phase 1, in which restaurants and fitness centers will be allowed to function at 75% of their capacity, but there was no mention of the sporting events.