Back on June 24, reports noted that multiple people in WWE had tested positive for COVID-19. Adam Pearce, Jamie Noble, Kayla Braxton and Renee Young later confirmed they had contracted the virus but the number of positive cases may have been higher.
Following the outbreak, face masks were worn by most NXT Superstars in the crowd at TV tapings, but some decided not to wear one, while others like Eric Bugez pulled down their masks intermittently during filming. WWE has since made masks mandatory at tapings and anyone who doesn't wear one will be fined $500 for their first offence and $1000 for their second.
Fightful Select reported the company introduced the mask policy after an unnamed Raw Superstar had a meeting with Vince McMahon and shared his concerns about COVID-19 safety measures not being taken seriously. The Superstar returned to tapings last week after a short period away.
Vince McMahon took the Superstar's concerns seriously and subsequently made face masks compulsory.
Fightful later asked another unnamed Superstar why McMahon hadn't introduced the new policy sooner and were told Vince has spent most of his time in his office at recent tapings and only occasionally visited gorilla, so he wouldn't have seen first-hand if the rules were being followed.