The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has shut down 11 days ahead of its March 22 finale, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

The Rodeo released a statement via its official Instagram page: “In the interest of public health, the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department have ordered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ to close. The Rodeo will respectfully and dutifully comply with the City’s order, and the grounds will close at 4 p.m. The Rodeo is deeply saddened; however, the safety and well-being of our guests and our community is our top priority. Out of precaution, the City has decided that this is the best course of action for our community. A ticket refund process is still in the works and will be communicated once it is finalized. For more information regarding this announcement, click the link in our bio”

The Houston Rodeo was scheduled to run from March 3 to March 22 and is one of the largest rodeo and livestock exhibitions in the world. Rodeo Houston features a carnival, a BBQ contest, 10K race and live entertainment.  More than 2.5 million attended last year’s festivities and more than 1.3 million showed up just for the concerts. Midland, Willie Nelson, Maren Morris and Chris Young have already performed at the Rodeo, and  in the coming days Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, and Luke Bryan were scheduled to perform

2020 Houston Rodeo Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns


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