The coronavirus is yet to be contained and the situation does not seem to be getting any better. The Center Of Disease Control has released a set of guidelines, in order to, combat the COVID-19 outbreak. So professional wrestling might be mostly halted for the next two months.
According to the CDC, no gatherings with over 50 people will be taking place for the next 8 weeks. This includes sporting events, concerts and any other events.
Guidance as of 3/15/2020
Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.
Wrestle Votes also commented on CDC’s guidelines. So it seems WrestleMania 36 will not be taking place for at least the next two months.
With the latest CDC recommendations regarding large groups, WWE simply cannot go on as is for WrestleMania. No crowds larger than 50 people for 8 weeks is the recommendation. Also, I would expect all TV events to be from the Performance Center for the foreseeable future.
The Tampa officials will hold a meeting next week in order to decide what will become of WrestleMania. The event getting postponed is inevitable.