AEW is returning to live TV tapings tonight in Jacksonville, Florida, at Daily’s Place without fans. We reported last week that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, deeming sports entertainment as an essential business. That has allowed AEW to return to his state to start live shows again.
The biggest concern of the production staff and wrestlers is passing the COVID-19 virus to others. Tony Khan recently posted on Twitter that all staff and wrestlers are clear.
#AEWDynamite is live tonight on TNT at 8pm ET/7CT! I’ve tested negative for COVID as have all wrestlers & staff here, we’re taking best precautions possible & it’ll be a great show with the debut of Matt Hardy teaming w/ Kenny Omega v. Jericho & Guevara, + @JonMoxley v. Kazarian! pic.twitter.com/Kh56Drk5I4— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) May 6, 2020
The local labor union group, IATSE 115 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), made a post on Facebook and gave insight into their COVID-19 safety measures.
The COVID-19 Rapid Test is in use and was given to everybody before they get inside of the building, including every stagehand, road crew, and talent.
“We reopened with AEW-All Elite Wrestling SAFELY at Daily’s Place Amphitheatre today [Tuesday]. A COVID-19 Rapid Test was given to every stagehand, road crew, venue staff, and talent before entering the venue. Portable wash stations, hand sanitizer stations, mandatory masks covering, social distancing (especially at breaks) at all times. We didn’t ask to be the first but we are and we are working to keep it SAFE! #iatse115 #unionstrong #returntoworksafely.”
IATSE 115 was asked by a fan what happens if someone tests positive or is symptomatic.
“All the IATSE local members tested negative on the Serological test. If a member had tested positive, then they would be referred for a Molecular test. The results of this test determine whether you can work.”