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TUCSON (AP) — Organizers of the Tucson's annual rodeo on Thursday announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, which is formally known as La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

The rodeo normally held every February is the latest of dozens of events that have been canceled in the southern Arizona city because of the pandemic Other cancellations have included the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and the Winterhaven Festival of Lights.

The decision was made “as we have learned more about the medical realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the logistical realities of social distancing within the context of our rodeo,” rodeo officials said in a statement.

Officials said they will focus on the 2022 event.

Tempe officials, citing the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, have postponed the planned start of the use of a downtown park as an outdoor eating area allowing consumption of wine and beer during some hours.

“Right now, we have to do what we can to help curb the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure the health of our community,” Mayor Corey Woods said in a statement.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The vast majority of people recover.


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