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WWE Reportedly Issuing Fines To Anyone Not Wearing A Mask Backstage

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A new report has claimed that WWE have issued an update to their COVID-19 policy, making masks mandatory backstage.

With Day 1 just around the corner and Royal Rumble season about to be in full swing, WWE’s policy regarding COVID-19 has been undergoing some changes.

The company pulled a number of high-profile Superstars from it’s recent Boxing Day show at Madison Square Garden, while numerous stars have missed other live events in order to minimise any potential impact on their upcoming events.

It has now been noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that fines will now be issued to anyone backstage not wearing a mask. This extends beyond WWE talents and to anyone who is backstage.

On December 27th, it was reported that WWE had reduced the amount of testing they would be doing going forwards.

According to Fightful Select, “Performance Center talent” were informed that they will no longer need to partake in twice-weekly COVID testing. This had previously been mandatory. Furthermore, an email was sent to the main roster informing them that weekly testing isn’t required. It remains unclear as to whether a vaccination qualifier was added to the ruling.

The report closed by noting that the new policy hadn’t been well received by a number of talents backstage.

“This ruling didn’t sit well with several within the company that Fightful heard from on Monday, considering how short-handed the company is with COVID infections as is.”

Meanwhile it was recently reported that Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman had been pulled from live events in order to make sure they were available for Day 1. The report suggested that such an effort was being made due to the match having WrestleMania implications.

To date the only Superstar who has confirmed that they have tested positive for COVID-19 is Seth Rollins.