Report: WWE Working on Plans In Case Of Another COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown
Coronavirus cases are rising across the United States
WWE are reportedly working on back-up plans in case another lockdown, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, requires the promotion to stop their full touring schedule again.
As WWE and All Elite Wrestling return to live events and touring, coronavirus cases are on the rise again in the United States, leading to concerns across the country.
It has been noted that Nevada has issued a mandate for masks to be worn in all indoor public venues, which could affect WWE SummerSlam 2021 as it is being hosted in Las Vegas.
With COVID-19 levels increasing, Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast says everyone in the wrestling world is concerned about the possibility of having stop their touring schedules again, and notes that WWE are putting plans in place for a smaller loop of about seven cities should things need to slow down.
Zarian said: "Everybody is concerned, it’s not just AEW. WWE is very concerned as well and they do have secondary plans. They are in motion just in case. Do I anticipate another shutdown like we had seen? No, I don’t anticipate that. I don’t think anybody anticipates that.
"I think you need a game plan for sure. AEW has an easy game plan, they just go back to Daily’s Place but for WWE, it’s so heavy on touring and touring that they really don’t have a safe bet.
"What I was told is that they are looking at six or seven buildings that they could possibly bounce around from if things get closed down a little bit. They would want to be able to tour but more controlled. This is on the WWE side.
"I know that everybody is concerned. All sports, any touring brand is concerned over this, it’s not just an AEW thing. Everybody needs to have a discussion. Now whether or not they are in panic mode, I don’t think anybody is in panic mode right now but it is something to be concerned about."