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Colorado AG sends cease-and-desist letter to Weld County rodeo promoter

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 18:21:15-04

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser this week sent a cease-and-desist letter to the promoter who held a rodeo in Weld County last weekend, ordering the company to not hold any further events in violation of state public health orders.

The company, Live Entertainment, said in a statement that it "reached an agreement to comply" with Weiser's order and will not hold any more events in violation of state orders.

The event, which was promoted by Live Entertainment and held near Fort Lupton, drew about 2,000 people on Saturday. A sheriff's office spokesman said there was nothing authorities could do to stop the concert and rodeo.

The latest public health order allows outdoor events to host a maximum of 175 people, with social distancing still in place, unless a variance is sought. Weld County has not sought a variance for outdoor events, according to Weiser's letter to Live Entertainment.

Weiser's letter said the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment learned that Live Entertainment has held at least two events over the past month, with crowds potentially as large as 5,000 people.

"If our understanding is incorrect, we ask you to share the details of your event management plan with us," Weiser wrote. "CDPHE, and no doubt your local public health agency, would be willing to work with you to determine under what circumstances your events can move forward."

Weiser gave Live Entertainment until Aug. 3 to confirm they were complying with the order.