Fans have been unable to attend WWE and All Elite Wrestling shows since March 13 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Both promotions have broadcast shows behind closed doors in Florida ever since but have added wrestlers to the crowd to create atmosphere.
Fans could be able to attend professional wrestling events again very soon, however, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state will be entering phase two of reopening on June 5. In a press conference yesterday, DeSantis said large venues including cinemas, restaurants, bars, and sporting venues will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity with social distancing and sanitisation protocols.
The Florida Governor's office wrote: "Large Venues (E.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols."
"Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols."
Whether WWE and AEW decide to have fans in attendance remains to be seen. The next set of tapings for both companies are next week as WWE will tape all programming until the June 19 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, while AEW will tape Dynamite and Dark through to June 17.