At 9pm tonight, the CDC issued the following statement:
— CDC (@CDCgov) March 16, 2020
“Starting immediately and for the next 8 weeks, CDC recommends cancelling all events of 50 or more.”
This is a major blow to not only the wrestling industry, but to the entire performance, sports, and touring industry. This would push back the soonest start date to May 16th to return to having public gatherings.
As of right now, this is simply a recommendation and NOT mandated. An order of that nature would need to come directly from the President of the United States by Executive Order or through Congress.
This may also put a stop to even having episodes of Raw, Smackdown, NXT, Dynamite, and all other promotions even without an audience as there are typically more than 50 people that work a production.