US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban is expected to have a major impact on WrestleMania 36 as fans from all over Europe attend the wrestling spectacle each year. Trump has suspended most travel from the European Union for the next 30 days due to the growing number of coronavirus cases around the world.
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
The restrictions apply to most foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen area during the 14 days before their planned arrival in the US.
US citizens as well as the UK and Ireland have been exempted from this ruling, which has been met with anger and confusion as many argued that it is unreasonable and will have very little effect in the bid to wipe the deadly virus out.
The travel ban is highly likely to affect European WWE fans’ plans ahead of WrestleMania especially if they have already booked tickets as well as accommodation.
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Mania takes place on April 5 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida which means that the WWE megashow will be affected by the 30-day ban.
EU nationals may still be able to travel to Florida provided that they have spent over two weeks in another US state or a country that isn’t included in the ban.
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WrestleMania is currently set to go ahead as scheduled but Vince McMahon’s promotion have confirmed that they have contingency plans in place if government officials decide to cancel the event.
An official statement from WWE read: “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.”
Tampa city officials have confirmed that they will re-evaluate the situation in a week’s time provided WWE themselves haven’t taken action during that time.
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The decision was made because WrestleMania is still three weeks away and the local government is reluctant to “pull the plug” just yet.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has already recommended that all mass gatherings, including the Show of Shows, be postponed or cancelled over the next 30 days.
The next meeting is set to take place on Thursday, March 19 where a final decision may well be taken.
WrestleMania is unlikely to be cancelled altogether but it could well be postponed for the summer.
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