A rodeo held in a rural part of Red Deer County near Bowden, Alberta on May 1 and 2, 2021 in protest of the lockdown measures has so far resulted in no new cases of the virus being reported.
The event was put on by the Northcott family, who have been an integral part of the province's rodeo culture for generations. They hosted it on their family's ranch, which has been in the possession of the Northcotts for decades.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) released a statement acknowledging that there have been no cases reported, but hedging that fact with a warning:
"AHS has worked with RCMP, the Bowden Agriculture Society and Red Deer County to confirm the rodeo event was in violation of CMOH Orders, and attempted to work with organizers proactively to not allow the event to proceed," AHS said.
"At this time there are no cases directly linked to the rodeo event; however it is important to remember that symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. In some cases, symptoms may be mild and individuals may not seek out COVID-19 testing."
Two members of the Northcott family have been charged with violating the Public Health Act in connection with the incident, and have a court date set for May 17 2021, reports Western Standard.