Health officials have ordered the Coachella music festival scheduled for April to be canceled due to a coronavirus epidemic. This is the third time the epidemic has forced an annual outdoor celebration that forces hundreds of thousands of fans in the California desert to postpone or cancel.
Riverside County Health Officer Drs. “The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival currently held for April 2021 have been canceled,” Cameron Kaiser said in an order issued on Friday. Kaiser’s order also canceled the stagecoach country music festival scheduled for April.
Due to the epidemic, Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed a public health order canceling the Cochia Valley Music and Arts today (January 29), with the Stagecoach Country Music Festival planned for April 2021. We look forward to when the events will return. https://t.co/YAIn8uTea9
– Dr. Cameron Kaiser (@RivCoDoc) January 29, 2021
“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19,” the order stated. “If COVID-19 was detected at these festivals, the number of attendees and the nature of the number and location would make it unacceptable, if not impossible, to track those who could be put at risk is.”
Coachella’s 2020 celebration was originally scheduled for April 2020, then later postponed until October 2020, before it completely ended by April 2021. There is no word from the organizers or health officials that Kabanchela will be rescheduled, but Billboard It is reporting that it should be pushed to October. And if the distribution of the vaccine continues unabated and cases of coronovirus continue to increase, it is possible that we may also begin to postpone or cancel other large spring and summer events.
Coachella organizers did not immediately respond to a request for more information on Saturday.