Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared that WWE is an essential business and will be allowed to continue to film its weekly TV shows, according to Miami Herald. The company will continue to produce shows without audiences from its WWE Performance Center near Orlando, including Monday Night Raw and NXT for USA Network, and SmackDown Live for Fox.
The move comes at a time when almost all TV and movie production and sporting events in the U.S. have been shut down. It was done via a memo from DeSantis on April 9 adding three groups of employees to “essential services:” mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and other urgent counseling employees; essential employees at theme park and entertainment complexes: along with “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience... only if the location is closed to the general public.”
One WWE employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CNBC. The company said that the employee was exposed outside of work and had no contact with anyone at work after being exposed.