The City of Houston and the Houston Health Department have ordered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to close the remainder of the festival, and the festival’s organizers have announced they will comply with the city’s order. The grounds will close at 4 p.m. today.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo launched March 3, and was slated to run through March 22. Among the artists that had been slated to make upcoming appearances through March 22 include Kane Brown, Cody Johnson, Lizzo, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Gwen Stefani, Khalid, Chris Stapleton, Marshmellow and Luke Bryan.
“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,” the festival’s organizers said via a statement. Organizers are working on a plan to refund tickets to attendees.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been a fabric of this community since 1932. Having to close early is extremely difficult as guests, volunteers, exhibitors, rodeo athletes and entertainers look forward to the 20 days of the Rodeo each year. We look forward to the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to continue to promote agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”
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