WWE is taking safety precautions while filming content during the coronavirus pandemic which Stephanie McMahon detailed in a new interview.
Speaking with Variety, McMahon talked about WWE continuing with shows at the Performance Center and what they’re doing to remain cautious.
“At a typical event, talent are milling about, they’re at catering or wherever when they’re not actually in part of the show,” Stephanie explained. “That’s not allowed now. There’s extensive testing and screening when you first come in the facility regardless of whether you’re a talent, a crew member, or anyone else. Working with our doctors, you have your temperature taken. If you have a temperature over 100.4 degrees, you are automatically asked to leave.”
McMahon also said anyone who has been out of the country, or in touch/contact with anybody who has been out of the country, is not allowed in the facility either.
“We’re taking every precaution we can. It’s also why you don’t see talent or anyone else in the audience. We really are adhering to all the guidelines that we can to maintain the health and safety of our crew and our performers,” she added.
Variety points out how taking someone’s temperature is a good first line of defense for the virus, but not a foolproof method since you can be a carrier without showing symptoms.
As we previously reported, WrestleMania this year will include off-site matches not filmed at the Performance Center like most of the other matches. Those shoots will be done with essential personnel only to make it happen. When asked by Variety how many people that entails, the company would only say they were “adhering to/following CDC guidelines and state/local mandates.”
Stephanie McMahon additionally noted WWE is asking talent to stay in Orlando and not travel during any extensive taping periods. They’re also looking into experimenting with technology that would allow fans to experience WrestleMania virtually, but no further details were given.
In case you missed it, the county where the WWE Performance Center is located issued a stay-at-home order beginning late Thursday night which remains in place until April 9. WWE has already filmed the next fews shows in advance though, including WrestleMania 36.
As noted by Editor-in-Chief Ryan Satin on Twitter this morning, WWE has also filmed the Raw after Mania matches which would air on April 6 and it sounds like the company is planning to continue filming at the PC once the order is lifted.