Houston Rodeo Announces Star-Studded, Nearly Month-Long Lineup of Performances
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Despite a 403 percent uptick in reported COVID cases in Texas over the last two weeks, according to The New York Times, the Houston Rodeo will not have any COVID-specific guidelines in place, such as mask, testing or vaccination requirements.
"Masks, a negative COVID-19 test and/or proof of vaccination are not required to attend our event, however, we encourage all guests to follow the CDC's health and safety guidelines, whether that's getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or wearing a face covering," the event's website states. "We continue to work closely with medical experts and local health officials to ensure we're following proper guidance from local, state, and national health authorities. All protocols will align with current government mandates applicable to our event."
Chris Boleman, president of RODEOHOUSTON, told KRIV that things will carry on scheduled as "normal," and that event organizers will "continue to follow guidance from the CDC."
"I really don't have those concerns," Boleman said. "We're in a far different place than we were two years ago. We have vaccines, a lot of treatments. We know what we can do to work with COVID in today's world."
The CDC currently says that people, in general, do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings, but should consider wearing one in crowded situations, and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. The agency also advises choosing to attend events that take place outside with enough space to stand six feet apart from others.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo "promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community," according to its website.
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The website also states that it has donated more than $550 million to Texas youth since 1932.
Tickets for this year's performances go on sale Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. at rodeohouston.com.
The full concert lineup is as follows:
Feb. 28 Cody Johnson
March 1 Keith Urban
March 2 Tim McGraw
March 3 for KING & COUNTRY
March 4 Ricky Martin
March 5 Jon Pardi
March 6 Los Tucanes de Tijuana
March 7 Luke Bryan
March 8 Maren Morris
March 9 Kane Brown
March 10 Journey
March 11 Bun B's H-Town Takeover
March 12 Parker McCollum
March 13 Dierks Bentley
March 14 Sam Hunt
March 15 Gwen Stefani
March 16 Khalid
March 17 Chris Stapleton
March 18 Marshmello
March 19 Brad Paisley
March 20 George Strait with special guest Ashley McBryde