Coachella Drops Requirement For COVID Vaccine

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Stereogum 12 October, 2021 - 07:18pm

In an Instagram Story, Coachella, taking place next year over two weekends (April 15-17 and April 22-24), has posted the following statement:

After seeing firsthand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident that we can update our health policy to allow for: Negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event OR Proof of full vaccination.

Stagecoach Festival, which is also produced by AEG and takes place in Indio, CA (from April 29 to May 1) posted the same message on their socials:

Thanks for coming along for the ride as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times so that we can get back to having ourselves a good time.

Can’t wait to see y’all soon! pic.twitter.com/Hd5pFUEhYH

— Stagecoach Festival (@Stagecoach) October 12, 2021

This essentially means that anyone going to Coachella or Stagecoach next year who is NOT vaccinated will need a negative COVID test for entry. And vice-versa. In other words, you technically won’t have to be vaccinated to attend. Prior to this, AEG had been drawing a much harder line around vaccines, as opposed to its competitor Live Nation, which implemented a looser policy allowing artists to institute vaccine and testing requirements.

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Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals Scrap Mandatory Vaccination Requirement

Rolling Stone 13 October, 2021 - 06:32am

California festivals’ policy reversal appears to contradict parent company AEG’s directive

In a surprise reversal of course on Covid-19 vaccination policies, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival have announced they will no longer require full vaccination to attend their respective 2022 events. Festivalgoers may now present either a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their events or provide vaccination proof.

Both Goldenvoice-promoted festivals take place at Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. Coachella, is slated to take place April 15th-17th and April 22nd-24th and Stagecoach runs April 29th-May 1st. In August, they both previously announced that attendees would be required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the events.

This change contradicts the initial full vaccination policy mandate from AEG, owners of Goldenvoice. In August, the massive concert company announced that beginning in October 2021, it would require full proof of vaccination from all who enter its events, from concertgoers to staff.

Reps for Goldenvoice and AEG did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

On Tuesday, Stagecoach announced the policy change on its social media channels, while Coachella first introduced the change via the festival’s Instagram story.

Thanks for coming along for the ride as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times so that we can get back to having ourselves a good time.

Can’t wait to see y’all soon! pic.twitter.com/Hd5pFUEhYH

— Stagecoach Festival (@Stagecoach) October 12, 2021

While Coachella didn’t initially share the news across its social media platforms, it posted the new policy on its website, writing: “After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our festivals recently, alongside the rising vaccination rate of eligible Americans, we feel confident that we can safely update our policy for Coachella that allows for negative covid test taken within 72 hours of the event OR proof of full vaccination.”

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