WWE has a new policy in place regarding COVID protocols.
COVID numbers continue to rise again, but with vaccinations available and people experiencing less symptoms or symptoms for a shorter amount of time, WWE, much like major sports leagues, have changed their protocols.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, WWE sent out a new memo with the following guidelines and notes:
- Masks must be worn backstage by all talent, staff, crew, or guests. There will be mandatory fines for talent and staff not adhering to the policy
- It is recommended that everyone get either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and a booster.
- Fully vaccinated personnel would be asked questions and be observed before entering the venue. Personnel are required to self-report any symptoms to the medical staff.
- Any personnel with symptoms is required to take a COVID test.
- Anyone who tests positive and is not vaccinated will have a minimum ten day quarantine and heart testing before they can return.
- Anyone who tests positive and is vaccinated will be out for six days.
- On day five, if personnel are asymptomatic for 24 hours, they must pass two Antigen tests at least 24 hours apart before returning.
- Anyone in close contact with someone who tests positive is allowed to come to work but will be tested daily for five days after exposure if they show no symptoms.
WWE made major changes to live events this week, pulling talent such as Big E, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, and Bianca Belair due to "COVID effects."
Only Seth Rollins publicly disclosed that he tested positive. It is unknown if other talent tested positive or were pulled for precautionary reasons.
Fightful will continue to update fans regarding WWE testing policy as more is known.