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Sheridan WYO Rodeo Looks Forward To Event Without Restrictions

Sheridan WYO Rodeo sign hangs over the track
Catherine Wheeler
Wyoming Public Media

The WYO Rodeo in Sheridan will soon be underway, and officials are not planning for COVID-19 restrictions.

In 2020, the WYO Rodeo Board canceled the huge summer event because of public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

This summer, the rodeo is on and won't have any restrictions for the audience or participants. WYO Rodeo Board President Billy Craft said they've been communicating with public health officials for months ahead of the event.

"We are not taking any special precautions. We are proceeding as normal," he said. "We are leaving it up and we'll leave it up to the people themselves to decide. If they're uncomfortable, stay home. If they're fine, come on out and play with us."

Craft said they came to the decision because of the accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines.

"In light of the fact that vaccinations have been available for quite some time now, anyone who was serious about getting a vaccine had ample time to get one," he said. "The restrictions have all been lifted and we're so glad that people are able to get back to a normal life that we're leaving it up to them."

As of Tuesday, there are only two confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Sheridan County and about 34 percent of the county's residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Sheridan WYO Rodeo kicks off on July 14.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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