Statement from Harris County Judge Hidalgo on 2021 Plans for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Tuesday December 8,2020

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued the following statement regarding plans for the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:

“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is part of the DNA that makes up who we are as Harris County. It’s an incredible forum for world class competition, entertainment, and scholarship. We desperately wish we could return to normal with a regular show in the Spring. Sadly, we are far from reaching a point where any gathering is advisable, let alone one the size and scale of our rodeo.

Over the past several months we have remained in close touch with rodeo officials to provide them with the latest guidance from public health officials and have had very productive conversations. We will continue to do so. We still do not know if hosting a mass gathering like the Rodeo in May will be feasible, safe or advisable, and it may well not be.

Even with the potential of a vaccine on the horizon, we need folks to channel that optimism and take action now to prevent the spread by canceling gatherings, getting tested, and following public health guidance. Right now, we’re far from the finish line, but there is a finish line in sight.”