(CBS4) – The National Western Stock Show is still scheduled to take place in January. COVID-19 caused the event to be canceled only for the second time in its history last year. The Omicron variant continues to rapidly spread across the state, but Stock Show organizers say they’re prepared to keep guests safe.
“We came to support the city during the early stages of the pandemic and opened the exhibition hall we are standing in right now,” said Paul Andrews, NWSS President and CEO. , said the President and CEO of NWSS.
Earlier this year, more than 5,000 Coloradoans received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Western Complex. Nearby, the Denver Coliseum has been turned into a shelter for the homeless during their stay.
Now, the venue is being built to welcome hundreds of thousands of guests from all over the country.
When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Andrews joined to announce the return of the Stock Show more than a year ago, it was hoped that the city would be in a better place during COVID.
Conditions are constantly changing.
When CBS4 spoke to Andrews on Monday, he said masks would only be encouraged at the Stock Show. The city mask quest expired before the show started.
Third, the city expanded its masking mandate.
The state’s requirement to present proof of vaccination for large, non-Denver events expires on December 31—eight days before the start of the Stock Show. The state has not said whether it will expand the vaccine requirement. CDPHE told CBS4 it is monitoring the situation.
Andrews said unless that mandate is renewed, the NWSS will not require proof of vaccinations to attend.
“About 60 percent of our programming is outdoors. Most indoor spaces have large, open barn doors that allow continuous air movement. It’s really the rodeo arena and the horse show arena are places where people might want to cover their faces. And we encourage that,” Andrews said. “We will also have a rotating cleaning system during the Stock Show.”
He said that a mobile vaccination bus will be parked nearby for part of the event.
The NWSS plans to celebrate the workers who were busy saving lives while the show darkened. Instead of a Grand Marshal for its parade, the NWSS will honor frontline heroes.
“This year, we honor all of our emergency responders with our great governorship. EMTs, nurses, doctors, police and firefighters. They will be leading the march on January 6 into downtown Denver with long soldiers. These are the people who have made a significant contribution to society during the past year. Andrews said.
For more information, visit the National Western Stock Show website.
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