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The reason why the WWE was declared an essential business

A new report suggests a reason for why Florida was deemed an essential business

Professional wrestler AJ Styles retained the WWE Heavyweight title on Sunday night at the Wrestlemania 34 event.
Professional wrestler AJ Styles retained the WWE heavyweight title on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the Wrestlemania 34 event.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that WWE, the professional wrestling organization, will reopen since it is an “essential business” during the nationwide stay-at-home order Now, we may know why.

What’s happening:

  • DeSantis declared WWE an essential business Monday, raising eyebrows since WWE is a professional wrestling organization and not a grocery store, gas station or something similar, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
  • DeSantis said: “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. Therefore they were allowed to remain open.”

Why is it essential?

  • DeSantis signed an order that added three amendments to what is defined as an essential business, which came from the Division of Emergency Management.
  • According to the order, essential services include mental health and substance abuse locations, theme parks and zoos, and “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any other necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.”
  • This not only opens up the possibility of Walt Disney World opening again — since it is, in fact, a theme park — but also the WWE to be open at its performance center in Orlando.
  • Of course, these locations can’t be opened to the general public. But they can be opened to keep employees paid.