Council Member Greg Travis sent an email to his District G constituents, stating further that he and other colleagues were "absolutely blindsided" by the decision.
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"This decision was made behind closed doors with no consultation from City Council," Travis said.
While Mayor Sylvester Turner based the city-wide declaration on a presumptive positive coronavirus case, Travis claimed the mayor made the decision out of fear.
"Today's decision unfortunately only serves to perpetuate the artificial panic being proliferated by the media and deals a huge blow to the Houston economy. Essentially, this action acts as gasoline on the fire of hysteria. After all, this is not the Zombie Apocalypse," Travis added.
While he acknowledged the gravity of the deadly illness, he was defiant.
"I trust that the residents of this city are wise enough to understand the risks associated with COVID-19 and determine for themselves whether or not public activity is a worthwhile gamble. In other words, we are all big boys and girls, and are capable of making these kinds of decisions for ourselves and for our family. We do not need a nanny state," Travis said.
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He concluded, "The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is more than an annual event - it is an important part of our city's identity and our city's history. With the Mayor signing today's EHD, not only will we be altering that history for the wrong reasons, but we will undeniably be altering the future of a long-standing institution that is uniquely Houston."
In a tweet, Travis playfully responded to his comments saying, "Y'all, what I was really trying to convey through that press release: I'm just really, really upset I can't see Lizzo #HoustonProud"
Y’all, what I was really trying to convey through that press release: I’m just really, really upset I can’t see Lizzo #HoustonProud 🤠— Greg Travis (@TravisDistrictG) March 11, 2020
RodeoHouston reported the multi-day event had an economic impact of $227 million to the city.
Travis' District G comprises of an area in west Houston, stretching from the Energy Corridor to just south of Memorial Park.
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