Per a live press conference, the 2020 RodeoHouston is shutting down due to coronavirus concerns.
During the press conference with Mayor Turner, rodeo officials and the Houston Health Department announced the details surrounding the cancellation.
The Festival will be shutting down as of the end of today. This also impacts the Tour of Houston bicycle race and any other events scheduled by the city for the remainder of March. When possible, events will be rescheduled.
Updates will be provided at a later time.
The rodeo is the latest in major events to be canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.
On the heels of the announcements that SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas has been cancelled and the Tin Pan South in Nashville, Tennessee has been postponed, stories are circulating regarding the postponement of additional festivals.
Multiple news outlets are reporting of the potential postponements of two California Festivals:
The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California is currently scheduled for April 10-12 and April 17-19, could be moving to the weekends of October 9 and October 16
The Stagecoach Country Music Festival also in Indio is rumored to be moving from April 24-26, to the weekend of October 23.
The spread of the coronavirus is prompting the cancellation or postponement of many large-scale public events,
More should be know with-in the next 24-48 hours.
Tin Pan South originally scheduled for March 24-28, 2020 in downtown Nashville is being postponed to later in the year (no dates announced).
Press Release from 3/6/2020:
"After heavy consideration, in light of the tornado this week as well as growing health concerns over the Coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival to later this year, in the Summer,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison. “We feel this is the responsible decision, and it is supported by Tin Pan venues and sponsors involved in the festival. We want to thank everyone who had planned to participate in or attend the festival, and appreciate the support in rescheduling it.”
It is possible that several of the venues will move forward with the previously scheduled events, this will be decided between the venues and participants and it is likely that several events will now be modified to benefit tornado relief efforts.
For those that have purchased Tin Pan South Fast Access Passes to the festival and/or registered for the Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar, the option to receive a refund or to transfer the passes or registration to the newly scheduled date will be available. Information has been distributed to those affected. (Refunds can be requested at email@example.com)"
Visit the Tin Pan South Web-Site or follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.
The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions.
From the organizers:
"We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.
As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Health stated that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.” However, this situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.
We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ."
For the latest developments please visit the SXSW Web-Site or follow them on Facebook
Leaves us to wonder if this is just the beginning.