COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – One of the world's longest running and highest playing rodeos has officially been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Officials with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday announced cancellation on a directive from Houston city officials, according to a release from the ProRodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
The rodeo began March 3 and was scheduled to conclude March 22.
“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,” RodeoHouston announced in a separate release. “The Rodeo will respectfully and dutifully comply with the city’s order.
“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.”
PRCA acknowledged it is aware of the many questions that will arise and will promptly update its membership with developments or cancellation of other events.
Interested parties may refer to ProRodeo.com for updated cancellations, postponements, payouts and decisions regarding how points from these events will be handled.