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Organizers of Stagecoach and Coachella, two major California-based outdoor music festivals, said Tuesday they will have no coronavirus protocols in place for their upcoming gatherings, marking another milestone in a potential return to the normal as the number of virus cases decreases.
“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,” said said Stagecoach organizers. tweeted Tuesday.
Stagecoach is one of the largest and most profitable country music festivals in the world, drawing some 85,000 music fans to Indio, Calif. each year, Forbes reported. This year’s festival is scheduled from April 29 to May 1.
Coachella, which gathers around 250,000 people for its annual Indio festival featuring the biggest names in music, said on its website it will also not require vaccinations, testing or masking at events. from April 15 to 17 and from April 22 to 24.
The site warns of the dangers of the disease.
“COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious illness and death,” Coachella said on its website, adding that “there are no warranties, express or implied, that festival attendees will not will not be exposed to COVID-19.”
Goldenvoice, a California-based concert promotion company, manages both festivals. Coachella and Stagecoach concerts in 2020 were canceled due to the pandemic, and none took place in 2021.