Two of California’s largest music festivals — Coachella and Stagecoach — have been canceled for the second year in row due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival were scheduled for April. Last year, they were postponed from April until October but were eventually canceled because of the pandemic.
Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser tweeted a link to an order, which cites California and Riverside County health and safety codes, canceling the festival on the scheduled dates.
“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in communities worldwide,” wrote Dr. Kaiser in the order canceling the festivals.
He added, “If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasable, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”
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