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Coachella, Stagecoach festivals: No vaccination, mandatory mask

Coachella and Stagecoach festival organizer Goldenvoice said today it is eliminating all COVID-19 safety precautions for events this spring.

In a post on social media on Tuesday, Stagecoach announced“As we prepare to spend an incredible weekend together in the desert, we are announcing that there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements at Stagecoach 2022, in accordance with local guidelines.”

The country-oriented Stagecoach festival, featuring headliners Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs, is scheduled for April 29-May 2.

Coachella, with less fanfare, announced the updated rules in the health, safety and rules section of its site. This festival, headlined by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kanye West (now Ye), is expected to attract 125,000 fans daily for two weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24.

Live events giant AEG, owner of Goldenvoice, was among the first major promoters to announce mandatory vaccination policies for its events and staff in August last year. Organizers walked that in October to allow for the recent negative tests.

Representatives for AEG and Goldenvoice did not immediately return requests for comment.

While California’s COVID-19 cases, including the ultra-transmissible variant of Omicron, have dropped more than 70% in the past two weeks, deaths remain up 18.8% over the same period . California is set to drop its indoor mask mandate on Wednesday.

Other festivals, including next month’s South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, have so far maintained a minimum requirement of recent testing and indoor masking for accredited guests and staff in most public indoor spaces.

Los Angeles Times

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