Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is canceled

Canceled due to coronavirus concerns

March 11, 2020
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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is canceling events amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. 

The rodeo had been scheduled to run from March 3 to March 22, but is shutting down early. 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday an emergency declaration for the city.

Governors and other leaders scrambling to slow the spread of the coronavirus stepped up bans on large public gatherings and a rapidly expanding list of universities moved classes online, as the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert Wednesday warned that the worst is yet to come.

With cases in the U.S. now topping 1,000 and the number of deaths climbing to 31, lawmakers and health officials set up containment zones and sought to limit contact with those who might be infected.

Until Tuesday, all of the Houston-area cases that had been confirmed were related to international travel, Turner said. All of them had been directly tied to an Egytian cruise line, Turner said. 

Then, a case confirmed in Montgomery County that was not tied to international travel. The virus had been passed on within our region.

"That changed things," Turner said. "As a result of that, we said we would monitor this situation carefully and make the necessary adjustments. ... 

"That means the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which we love and support, is impacted."

The mayor is signing an emergency health declaration, which will be in effect for seven days. That takes effect at the end of the day. 

The rodeo is one Houston's most popular events. 

Last year, there were more than 2.5 million people who attended the event.