The organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022 and the Stagecoach Festival 2022 will no longer require participants to take negative tests for COVID-19 or evidence of vaccination. Both festivals are scheduled to return this year for the first time since 2019 after they were canceled for two years due to a pandemic.
Stagecoach tweeted on Tuesday that its rules have changed “according to local guidelines”. No changes have been announced on any of Coachella’s social media accounts, but the rules are included Coachella’s “Health and Safety” page state that the festival will not require masks, tests or vaccinations.
The websites of both festivals also note that “there is an inherent and increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present, and there are no guarantees, explicit or certain, that those attending the festival will not exposed to COVID-19 ”.
However, the websites say that festivals “must be presented in accordance with the applicable health conditions on the date of the event and which may change at any time as determined by federal, state or local government agencies or instruments, artists or promoters.”
The news comes as many major US cities begin to withdraw mandates for COVID-19 from businesses and major events. In California, where both festivals take place, the state’s mandate for masks officially ended on Tuesday. When he announced the news, California Gov. Gavin Newsom referred to a reduction in the number of cases in California and hospitalizations.
Following the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, Coachella and Stagecoach were postponed before.
The shows were to read.in 2021 after a series of outbreaks in California. “If COVID-19 had been detected at these festivals, the volume and number of participants, as well as the nature of the venue, would have made it impossible, if not impossible, to track those at risk,” the public health order said. on the abolition of measures.
When the festival dates in 2022 were announced, the organizers of Coachellaa mandatory vaccination policy that was changed two weeks later to allow guests with a negative COVID-19 test.
The festivals, run by the Goldenvoice festival organizer, bring together hundreds of thousands of people. Coachella will be held over two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24. The stagecoach is scheduled for next weekend.
Harry Styles, Billy Isle, Ye and Swedish House Mafia will headline Coachella with additional performances by Phoebe Bridgers, Megan You Stallion, Doja Cat, Caroline Polacek, 100 gecs, Lil Baby and 21 Savage. Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs will headline the Stagecoach.