Houston Rodeo shut down because of cornonavirus concerns

The rodeo started on March 3 and was scheduled to run through March 22. (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo photo/file)
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HOUSTON (KWTX) The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors, will be shut down at 4 p.m. Wednesday because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Linda Hidalgo said they would be issuing emergency health declarations to slow the spread of  COVID-19.

“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,” organizers said in a tweet early Friday afternoon.

“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 in the works, organizers said.

The rodeo started on March 3 and was scheduled to run through March 22.