Coachella and Stagecoach Drop All Covid Safety Precautions – Billboard
Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals will not require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests for attendees. None of the California festivals will also require masks for their April events, although face coverings are recommended for dust.
Stagecoach, which will be held after the two-weekend Coachella race at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, posted on social media on Tuesday that the country festival has updated its attendance policies to reflect local guidelines. The festival’s website health and safety page further explains that there is an inherent risk of exposure to the contagious disease in any public place and that the event does not guarantee that those in attendance will not catch COVID- 19.
“By entering the festival, attendees voluntarily assume all risks of exposure to COVID-19,” the site says, noting that those exposed should self-quarantine based on local guidelines and the CDC.
The same safety guidelines are outlined on Coachella’s website, although the Goldenvoice-produced festival hasn’t posted about the lack of COVID-19 precautions on its social media accounts.
Both events specify that safety guidelines may change at any time based on federal or local mandates or instructions from artists or promoters. These changes could take the form of limited capacity, vaccine requirements or other protective measures.
Festivals’ lack of safety precautions contrasts with guidelines issued by parent company AEG Presents, which requires full proof of vaccination for its owned and operated festivals, venues and events.
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is set to take place over two weekends (April 15-17 and April 22-24) with headliners Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Ye. The desert event typically hosts 125,000 attendees each weekend.
Stagecoach, which will follow Coachella on the weekend of April 29-May 1, has expanded in recent years to a capacity of 80,000 festival-goers. This year’s festival will see headliners Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Luke Combs.
Festival Admission Update: As we prepare to spend an incredible 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. Visit https://t.co/mSx3KWeASg for more information pic.twitter.com/wy4VzOTPBU
— Stagecoach Festival (@Stagecoach) February 15, 2022