Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Says World Wrestling Entertainment is an ‘Essential Business’ and Can Stay Open
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has deemed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to be an “essential business.”
DeSantis made this bizarre ruling after the WWE moved its operations from new York to Orlando, Florida in order to film fake film television programs without an audience, notes the Washington Post.
Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings explained the strange ruling during a press conference:
I think initially there was a review that was done, and they were not initially deemed an essential business. With some conversation with the governor’s office regarding the governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. So, therefore, they were allowed to remain open.
The WWE announced that a non-wrestling employee tested positive for the coronavirus on March 26 after the employee came into contact with a health-care worker, not someone from WWE.
Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees told a press conference that social distancing will have to continue until a covid-19 vaccine exists:
Until we get a vaccine — which is a while off — this is going to be our new normal, and we need to adapt and protect ourselves.
We don’t have a vaccine at the present time, so our mitigation measure is the social distancing, six feet away from each other. … As long as we are going to have covid in the environment, and this is a tough virus, we’re going to have to practice these measures so that we are all protected.
A DeSantis spokesperson turned the conversation away from Rivkees, and said a few private words to him before Rivkees left the room and did not return.