Wyoming will allow gatherings of up to 250 people starting on July 1 as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed in the state, Gov. Mark Gordon said Wednesday.
At the same time, the state announced that upwards of a dozen rodeos and related events across the state will not take place this year.
Cheyenne Frontier Days, which organizers say is the world’s largest indoor rodeo, will also be canceled. It has taken place annually since 1897, but Chief Executive Officer Tom Hirsig said there is too much danger this year.
"One of the worst things we could do would be to cause our state to go backwards in the recovery process," he said. “To shut down businesses that had just reopened because we caused another outbreak.”
Gordon appeared to wipe back tears at a news conference today as he described growing up in a ranching family and around rodeos.
“This coronavirus thing sucks,” Gordon said in his prepared remarks. “There are just no two ways about it.”