Coachella and Stagecoach festivals to return with no mask or vaccine mandates

According to organizers for the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as well as the 2022 Stagecoach Festival, there will no longer be coronavirus related requirements for entry, like negative COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination.

Both festivals are scheduled to return for the first time since 2019, as they have each been canceled for two years because of the ongoing pandemic.

A tweet from Stagecoach on Tuesday said that the rules had been changed “in accordance with local guidelines.” While none of Coachella’s social media accounts had announced any sort of change, the rules on the page for health and safety at Coachella state that no masks, test results, or vaccinations will be required for participation at the festival. 

Still, websites for both festivals acknowledge that “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.”

The websites for the festivals, however, say that the events “shall be presented in accordance with applicable public health conditions as of the date of the event and which may change at any time as demonstrated by federal, state or local government agencies or instrumentalities, artists or the promoter.” 

The news of the festivals’ lax rules comes as many major United States cities have started to remove their COVID-19 mandates from businesses and other large events. The state’s mask mandate in California, the host state for Stagecoach and Coachella, officially expired on Tuesday.

In announcing the news of the end of the statewide mask mandate, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom cited the decreasing case rate and hospitalizations as the reason for removing the requirement.




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