LOS ANGELES: The popular festivals, Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals which were earlier moved to October 2020 have been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County’s public health officer, signed an order canceling the popular festivals outside Palm Springs. Health officials are concerned about a possible surge in coronavirus cases in the fall.
The festival, held annually in Indio, California, was initially set to take place over two weekends in April and was to be headlined by Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.
Riverside County Public Health Officer Cameron Kaiser said, “I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” said Kaiser.
“In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor (Gavin) Newsom’s Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter.
“Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward,” said Kaiser by adding that he was aware that his decision would impact many people but stressed that his first priority was to protect the health of the community.