REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Rodeo is gearing up for a big comeback after last year's coronavirus cancellation.
“We're excited to bring it back, we're excited to see fans, and we're excited to see the cowboys back,” said Erick Mattson with the Redding Rodeo Association. “We hope that everybody comes.”
The rodeo is from May 13 to 15. The Redding Rodeo Association said it is following state and local public health guidelines. Grandstand seating will be at 25% capacity. Other COVID-19 restrictions include social distancing and face coverings.
“We operate under the professional sport's guidelines under the COVID-19 restrictions, so we're able to do 25% capacity,” explained Mattson.
“When it comes to having spectators attend the rodeo and selling food and things like that, they do fall under that live performance's guidance,” said Robin Schurig, the Public Health Branch Director. “So that has opened things up a little bit more for them.”
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Even with the COVID-19 changes and restrictions, people are still excited for the return of the rodeo because they believe it will help bring the community together during a hard time.
“People are excited about it, we have friends, that go to that and that are involved in it,” said Rocky Cook of Redding. “I know that they're excited about and I know that it's great for the community."
The Redding Rodeo Association said it's hoping that the county will move into less restrictive tiers- like the orange and yellow- before the event. If the county does move into those less restrictive tiers, the organization hopes to increase capacity to 50%
Ticket sales go live on April 1 on the rodeo’s website. They expect to sell out quickly because of the 25% limit.