Florida To Move into Phase 2 Could This Effect Live Pro Wrestling?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made an announcement on Twitter this afternoon regarding the state’s plan for reopening. Effective Friday, retail shops and malls can operate at full capacity. Meanwhile, restaurants and entertainment venues can operate at 50% capacity. This executive order marks the beginning of phase 2 of the plan, going into effect for all but 3 counties on Friday. The only exempted counties, Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade, are the hardest-hit in the state. With Florida To Move into Phase 2, Could This Effect Live Pro Wrestling?

“The virus isn’t gone,” Governor DeSantis stressed in a news conference. “But I think we have an opportunity to continue to move forward in a safe, smart, step-by-step approach. I think it’ll give more people in Florida more opportunities, and I think it’s the right way to go forward.” He said the decision was based on the downward trend in positive tests and hospitalizations.

Phase 1 of the reopening plan allowed retail businesses and restaurants to operate at 50% capacity. However, there was no word on how entertainment venues could open again. Florida entered phase 1 of it’s reopening on May 18th. Both WWE and AEW have been producing live events from the Sunshine State since lockdown began in late March. WWE produces shows from their Performance Center in Orlando, while AEW tapes at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. Both promotions have been producing on closed sets. The executive order applies to “entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades.”

Florida To Move into Phase 2, Could This Effect Live Pro Wrestling

Governor DeSantis’ decision could very well lead to the return of live wrestling events in Florida. This executive order echoes a similar order issued by Indiana Governor Eric Holcombe. The Hoosier State entered Phase 3 of their plan to reopen on June 1st, allowing public gatherings of up to 100 people. Shortly thereafter, GCW announced The Wrld On GCW Part 2 would broadcast live from White River State Park in Indianapolis. Similarly, the Nevada Athletic Commission issued a ruling last Wednesday that allowed the return of combat sports in the state.

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