Officials announced the cancellation of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, at a noon press conference today, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an emergency health declaration.
The HLSR attracts more than 100,000 visitors to NRG on weekends alone.
At this time, there have been no statements as to if the remainder of the event, which was scheduled to run Mar. 3 - 22, will be re-scheduled.
The HLSR is an event heavily attended by Colorado County residents annually.
Days ago, Rodeo officials said there were no plans to cancel the event, and stated that they were taking extra precautions and measures to ensure the health and safety of guests, including additional janitorial staff, increased cleaning schedules, more hand sanitizer stations, and additional signage reminding restroom users to wash their hands.
Those in attendance reported rapidly spreading confusion earlier today as RodeoHouston carnival rides and food vendors shut down.
Visitors are waiting to hear if rodeo officials will issue refunds for fairgrounds tickets and concerts and other HLSR related events.
As of 12:55 p.m., RodeoHouston’s website announced the following announcement:
2020 NEWS UPDATE
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.
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 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. Updates will be posted at rodeohouston.com/2020.
A ticket refund process is still in the works and will be communicated once it is finalized.