WWE has issued a statement on the status of WrestleMania 36, saying they remain committed to having WrestleMania in Tampa on April 5, but they are putting contingency plans in place.
“While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is cancelled by government officials, civil authorities and/or local venues. The health and safety of our fans, performers and employees are our top priorities and we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and government officials in Tampa Bay.”
What those contingency plans consist of is currently unknown.
At an emergency meeting of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group on the Coronavirus earlier today, city officials declined to act immediately on canceling or postponing WrestleMania 36. They stated if WWE does not make a decision in one week as to what they are going to do about the event, the city will reevaluate the situation and possibly take matters into their own hands.
Earlier today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recommended a ban on all large gatherings of people. DeSantis currently has left it to local officials to decide what is best, but other states (such as New York, which banned all gatherings over 500 people for the foreseeable future) have gone so far as to ban large events outright.
WWE has already canceled this week’s taping of Friday Night SmackDown in Detroit, moving to an empty WWE Performance Center instead. AEW has also had their next two weeks of Dynamite tapings canceled in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We will continue to follow this story as more develops.