Florida State Governor Ron DeSantis has decreed the order of confinement to all its citizens due to the health crisis with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The measure will take effect after midnight on Thursday, April 2 and will last until April 30, with the possibility of extending if deemed necessary.
Florida is the fifth state most affected by the pandemic, with nearly 7,000 affected and 87 deaths at the time of the announcement. It ends up thus joining the 30 states that have taken similar actions to prevent the spread of the virus, ordering its citizens to remain in their homes limiting your activities and personal interactions, except to carry out essential work or get supplies.
This affects the scope of pro-wrestling since WWE has spent the past two weeks recording their shows from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The sports entertainment company has continued its normal activity making new episodes of RAW, SmackDown, NXT and its great event, WrestleMania 36. However, WWE has already recorded several shows last week, including the post-WrestleMania RAW and a couple of NXT programs.
The Performance Center had already ceased its activity, as Orange County had established a local confinement order from March 26 to April 9. However, by lengthening in duration throughout the State, it is unknown what the company will decide for its next shows, being able to enter a time of pause.
On the other hand, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) moved their recordings from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida to a new unknown location. AEW had established the Daily’s Place as its headquarters to record behind closed doors. However, part of the compound will now serve as a testing center for the pandemic.
As reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW have moved to hold their events from an unspecified venue to prevent fans from approaching it. The journalist also highlights that All Elite would have recorded several episodes of Dynamite and Dark between yesterday and today to ensure future emissions.