AEW has a couple big shows lined up for Chicago, but those fans will need to be masked up now. Due to the rising pandemic numbers, Chicago city officials have decided that masks are now mandatory for everyone indoors.
All Elite Wrestling will present The First Dance special this Friday. Fans will pack the United Center in hopes of watching CM Punk’s debut for the company. There will be loads of “CM PUNK” chants, but they might be a bit muffled due to the masks.
According to NBC 5, masks are now required for all persons over the age of 5. Dr. Allison Arwady went on to explain this new measure:
“Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking. Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example).”
This mask mandate means that all fans will be required to wear masks to Friday’s Rampage tapings. It is unclear if this will effect AEW’s All Out event. The Delta Variant is still spreading in rapid fashion, and Chicago wants to slow it down to the best of their ability.
The first day for the new mandate is August 20th, the same day as Rampage’s United Center show. This mandate was instituted for a reason, because the average number of daily cases in the city shot over 400 this week. Now everyone indoors must wear a mask, even in gyms, bars, and restaurants.
The new mandate also doesn’t take into consideration whether someone is vaccinated or not. Everyone must be masked up without exception. We will have to see how this goes over, because mask mandates can be a rather controversial subject.
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