AEW’s is promoting their upcoming Blood & Guts episode of Dynamite on Mar. 25 as if it is a pay-per-view level event. It is scheduled to take place in Newark, New Jersey.
Mayor Baraka of Newark just released the following statement regarding his city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic:
Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Administration today announced that due to growing concerns about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the health and safety of the people of Newark, we are advising that all non-essential public gatherings be cancelled for the next 30 days. Additionally, his Sixth Annual State of the City Address, set for Monday, March 16, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, has been postponed for at least 30 days.
A “non-essential group event” is defined as a gathering of 50 people or more for social, cultural, or entertainment events where people are not separated by physical space of at least four feet. Please note that this includes all festivals and parades.
Scheduling for all events will be re-assessed at the end of this period.
Blood & Guts was expected to have the biggest audience in the history of the promotion, but now the mayor is advising against a public gathering of such enormous size.
Furthermore, the governor of New York has banned mass gatherings of more than 500 people, so AEW’s scheduled episode of Dynamite next week (Mar. 18) will not be able to take place in Rochester.
Update: The Newark event has been postponed, and AEW will soon announce a new venue for Dynamite on Mar. 25.