JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — All Elite Wrestling (AEW) made a statement during an announcement that they will begin allowing fans to attend events. However, there will be a limited capacity.
Live events are opening up to limited attendance with physical distancing in order to be in compliance with Duval County and Florida state regulations. Additionally, measures taken will also be in compliance with CDC guidelines as a result.
Live shows, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been taking place at Daily’s Place Amphitheater. Tickets will be available for shows at the venue to accommodate a 10% to 15% capacity. However, there will only be a 10% capacity allowance on Thursday. The situation will undergo constant monitoring and will increase capacity if things go well.
Fan attendance guidelines for AEW live events
AEW management set some guidelines relating to the announcement:
Guests will be required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, and to physically distance from any person who is not a member of their pod. If guests have COVID-19, show symptoms or have had close exposure with someone with COVID-19, they will be asked to stay home. In addition, all guests will have temperature monitoring prior to entry.
An increased number of hand sanitizing stations will be available, and floor markings will also be used to assist with physical distancing. Industrial fans were also added this past year to further improve air circulation at the open-air venue.
“We’ve missed the incredible energy of our fans at shows,” states AEW president and CEO Tony Khan. “And from what we’ve heard from them, they’ve missed being with us.”
“With our enhanced safety measures and an outdoor venue, we look forward to welcoming our fans back to become part of the action in-person,” states Khan.
Khan adds that the company is being mindful and respectful of the situation.
“The health and safety of our AEW family and our fans remains our highest priority,” Khan states.
Khan additionally notes that their leadership team and medical staff have adjusted their operations for this accommodation.
“We can’t wait for the August 27 DYNAMITE,” Khan notes. “The road to ALL OUT will represent the beginning of a new chapter in AEW history.”
Thursday’s broadcast of AEW Dynamite, much like last week’s show on Saturday, is due to NBA Playoffs action. Dynamite should be able to resume under their normal scheduling once the playoffs have concluded.
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