AEW Won't Shut Down TV Tapings If They Have A Positive Coronavirus Test

Similar to WWE and UFC...

All Elite Wrestling returned to Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida on May 6 and have broadcast a combination of live and taped programming since then. The young promotion has introduced coronavirus testing at the tapings for all staff and talent, similar to UFC.

During a media call ahead of Double Or Nothing, AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes confirmed they would not shut down production if they had a positive test for coronavirus. The American Nightmare explained the tests are carried out under quarantine conditions which would prevent the spread of the virus should anyone test positive.

The promotion is currently using the COVID-19 Rapid Test which detects coronavirus antibodies in the blood. If this comes back as positive, the person would then get the swab test to confirm whether the initial result was a positive or a false positive. 

Cody said: "The testing is done under quarantine measures. You have scheduled out blocks for the testing and team medical is the very first individuals to be tested. So there is no cross-pollination because they are not done at Daily's Place. They're done under the quarantine measures meaning if you were to test positive you would then get the nose swab test to confirm the positive or perhaps it was a false-positive. But you would not be in proximity to any one of the talent, to any of the crew. They've also separated the crew, their testing measures are done elsewhere and talent testing measures are done elsewhere… So, we have it set where it would not shut down the production."



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