Organizers of Stagecoach and Coachella, two major outdoor music festivals based in California, said Tuesday that they will not have coronavirus protocols at their upcoming gatherings, marking another milestone in a potential return to normal life as the number of virus cases declines.
“As we prepare for a wonderful 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,” Stagecoach organizers chirp Tuesday.
Stagecoach is one of the largest and most lucrative country music festivals in the world, attracting approximately 85,000 music fans to Indio, California, each year, Forbes magazine reported. This year’s festival is scheduled to take place from April 29 to May 1.
Coachella, who gathers around 250,000 people for its annual Indio festival featuring the biggest names in music, said His website That, too, it would not require vaccination, testing or masking in the April 15-17 and April 22-24 events.
The site warns of the dangers of disease.
“Covid-19 is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious illness and death,” Coachella said on its website, adding that “there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those who attend the festival will not be exposed to COVID-19.”
Goldenvoice, a California-based concert promotion company, operates both festivals. The 2020 Coachella and Stagecoach parties have been canceled due to the pandemic, and neither will take place in 2021.
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