An event in Alberta, Canada, on Saturday and Sunday billed as the “No More Lockdowns Rodeo Rally” drew thousands of attendees – plus stern criticism from provincial officials, who declared the rodeo “a clear breach of current public health restrictions” and said participants “knowingly put their fellow Albertans at risk.”
Both of those condemnations were rendered by Alberta Health Services (AHS), which issued a statement Sunday that said its inspectors notified rodeo organizers in advance they were violating coronavirus protocols. AHS said it was “disappointing” that the rally nevertheless proceeded and drew a huge crowd, despite a limit of ten people maximum at outdoor gatherings.
The rodeo was originally to be held at the rodeo grounds in the town of Bowden, about an hour north of Calgary, but was moved to a lot along the highway outside of town after the Bowden Agricultural Society revoked the organizers’ permit. Two