WWE WrestleMania 36 could be in jeopardy.
It was reported over the weekend by WTSP that Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis issued an executive order to the surgeon general to declare a state of emergency after two people tested positive for the Coronavirus in the Tampa Bay region. This marks the first cases in the state following confirmations of the virus in New York, Rhode Island, and Washington state. At this time there is no current indication on what effects this will have on WWE's biggest show of the year, which takes place from Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon recently spoke with TampaBay.com regarding WWE's plan in case Coronavirus became a problem. She states:
The health and safety of not only our fan base, but also our superstars, really does come first. We don't want to put anyone in a bad situation ever, regardless of the circumstance. Those are not risks worth taking.
WWE Executive VP of Special Events John Saboor also spoke with TampaBay.com on the issue, stating that WWE is closely monitoring the issue as they always do.
Given the number of live events that (WWE) does, it's constantly monitoring global events. There are active and ongoing discussions at play internally, like there are in any sector of American business, and certainly families as a whole. So I think those will continue.
We'll keep you updated as this is an ongoing story.