Health Tips for Visiting the Rodeo

According to the Houston Health Department, while people need to remain vigilant, there is currently no need for the average person to take out-of-the-ordinary protective actions. However, in consideration of our guests and the community, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ and NRG Park are actively taking measures to help ensure the health and safety of our guests, including:

  • Nearly doubled the amount of hand sanitizer stations available
  • Increased backstock of hand sanitizer
  • Increased frequency of sanitizing common touchpoints including handrails, doorknobs, faucets, food service counters, etc.
  • Added signage at restrooms encouraging visitors to properly wash their hands
  • Increased the frequency of cleaning and restocking the restrooms with hand soap and paper towels
  • Increased the number of cleaning staff on site
  • Directed staff and volunteers showing any symptoms of illness to stay home

In addition to these measures, the Rodeo also provides handwashing stations in AGVENTURE, near the petting zoo and pony rides, as well as outdoors near Fun on the Farm and Mutton Bustin.’ Guests are encouraged to wash their hands before eating or drinking, and after touching animals or anything in surrounding environments.

The Rodeo is working daily with the Houston Health Department to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests. For more updates and information, visit the Houston Health Department’s Emergency Operations Center, Harris County’s readyharris.org and the Center for Disease Control websites on Coronavirus.


  • The Rodeo is working daily with the Houston Health Department to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests.
  • According to the Houston Health Department, while people need to remain vigilant, there is currently no need for the average person to take out-of-the-ordinary protective actions regarding the Coronavirus.
  • Health officials encourage the public to remain calm.
  • According to the Houston Health Department, although COVID-19 has reached the Houston area, there is currently no evidence of community spread.

Health Tips

STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS-CAUSING GERMS:
  • Proper hand washing is the number one recommended practice to stay healthy in any environment.
  • Guests are encouraged to wash hands before eating or drinking, and after touching animals or touching anything in surrounding environments.
  • Please stay home if you’re sick. As a guideline, you are likely to be contagious one day before you show symptoms and up to 3-5 days after.
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According to the Houston Health Department

  • For the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 remains low.
  • From the research into COVID-19, we know that about 80 percent of cases are mild with most people not needing hospitalization. However, older adults and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at a greater risk of complications.
At this time:
  • Houstonians DO NOT currently need to limit travel within the city.
  • Houstonians DO NOT currently need to avoid public gatherings and public transportation.
  • Houstonians DO NOT currently need to change anything about where they get their food or how it’s prepared.
  • There is no need to wear a face mask if you are not sick. Face masks are only recommended if directed by a health care provider.
  • People wear protective face masks for many reasons, including seasonal allergies, pollution or protecting those around them from a common cold.

CDC Recommendations

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

What to do if you are at higher risk
(Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness.):

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Stay up to date on CDC Travel Health Notices.

General Tips

  • Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or by coughing and sneezing into your sleeve.
  • Take care of yourself.
    • Get rest: sleep at least 7-9 hours per night.
    • Eat a healthy diet: enrich your meals with protein, fruits and veggies. Don’t share food or drinks with others and cover leftover portions.
    • Stay hydrated: adults need to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently.
    • Make an effective disinfectant by mixing 2 tbsp of vinegar with 2 cups of water.
    • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as your phone, keyboard and mouse, doorknobs and seatbelts.

Proper Handwashing

The Rodeo encourages proper handwashing, as it is the number one recommended practice to stay healthy in any environment.
  • The Rodeo provides handwashing stations in AGVENTURE, near the petting zoo and pony rides, as well as outdoors near Fun on the Farm and Mutton Bustin’.
  • We have increased the number of hand sanitizer stations that are located throughout AGVENTURE, The Junction and in the food tents.
  • Hand sanitizer stations can also be found throughout the carnival.
  • The Rodeo provides handwashing instructions in the bathrooms and has added additional signage reminding guests to wash their hands near the bathrooms and the livestock stalling area.
  • Guests are encouraged to wash hands before eating or drinking, and after touching animals or touching anything in surrounding environments.