AAW and Freelance Wrestling cancel events in Illinois

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/03/20/aaw-and-freelance-wrestling-cancel-events-in-illinois/

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Illinois has instituted a shelter-in-place order that will cause a pair of wrestling shows in the state to be canceled.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the state in a press conference held Friday afternoon.

The order went into effect Saturday evening and is set to last through the end of Tuesday, April 7th.

Following news of the order, AAW and Freelance Wrestling announced the cancellations of their upcoming events.

WWE performer Ali added that he will still be donating to the performers that were set to work at the Freelance card.

Unfortunately, our “Warehouse Wars” event scheduled for tomorrow night is cancelled, here is the official statement from the owner of Freelance. @AliWWE @RubyRiottWWE @indiewrestling @smartmarkvideo pic.twitter.com/gWCJwAJ99Z

— Freelance Wrestling (@FreelanceWres) March 20, 2020

This will officially cancel the Fight For The Future tapings.
It is the right thing to do at this time.
Safety is the top priority on everyone’s mind right now. No need to risk it.
Here’s to getting back to normal as soon as possible.
Stay safe everyone.#AAWFamily https://t.co/tBZ2aVCtEh

— AAW Wrestling (@AAWPro) March 20, 2020

Pro wrestling is definitely a non-essential business but for anyone who’s state or city might go into a stay-at-home order or lives in Illinois like me and is wondering what is still considered to be essential below is a list of what are considered to be essential businesses by the state of Illinois:

Essential Businesses and Operations:

• Healthcare and Public Health Operations: Working at or obtaining services from hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; blood banks; medical cannabis facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; ancillary healthcare services — including veterinary care and excluding fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities
• Human Services Operations: any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order
• Essential Infrastructure: Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
• Stores that sell groceries and medicine
• Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
• Organizations that provide charitable and social services
• Media
• Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
• Financial institutions
• Hardware and supply stores

• Critical trades, includingplumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
• Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
• Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
• Laundry services
• Restaurants for consumption off-premises
• Supplies to work from home
• Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
• Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
• Home-based care and services
• Residential facilities and shelters
• Professional services
• Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
• Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
• Critical labor union functions

• Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
• Funeral services

That’s a pretty long list for businesses that can stay open so if you’re already doing the right thing and going out only when necessary for groceries, medicine, banking, etc your life will not change that much with a shelter in place and you don’t need to panic. The governor here is taking a pretty compassionate approach to the shelter-in-place order and is encouraging people not to panic/hoard buy.

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