Coachella and Stagecoach will move forward with no COVID protocols in place, promoter Goldenvoice has announced. The two festivals held at Indio, CA’s Empire Polo Club will no longer require attendees to wear masks or provide proof of negative vaccination status or negative test.
The announcement came first from Stagecoach, the country music festival set for April 29th–May 1st. In a statement posted to social media, the festival announced that “there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements at Stagecoach 2022, in accordance with local guidelines.”
Festival Admission Update: As we prepare to spend an incredible weekend in the desert together we are announcing that there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements at Stagecoach 2022, in accordance with local guidelines. Visit https://t.co/mSx3KWeASg for more info pic.twitter.com/wy4VzOTPBU
— Stagecoach Festival (@Stagecoach) February 15, 2022
This move was followed shortly thereafter by an update to the Coachella Health & Safety webpage. Organizers once again pointed to local guidelines in stating that vaccination, testing, and mask requirements are no longer in place. The website noted that these guidelines are subject to change, and also administered the warning, “There is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present and there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those attending the festival will not be exposed to COVID-19.”
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This announcement came two days after more than 70,000 people attended Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The California Department of Public Health still strongly recommends “verification of fully vaccinated status or pre-entry negative COVID test result” for outdoor mega events such as music festivals.
Coachella is set to stage two weekends of sold-out performances April 15–17th and 22nd–24th with headliners Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Ye. In 2019, the most recent edition of the festival, Coachella hosted 100,000 attendees each day.
[H/T Rolling Stone]