These music festivals were initially programmed to take place in 2020 spring, but they were then postponed to October. Once October arrived again they got delayed and pushed forward to April 2021.
To know the story completely, nearly eight months after Coachella and Stagecoach fests were postponed for a second time, Riverside County health officials have canceled the festivals for the foreseeable future.
Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county’s public health officer mentioned that “The Coachella Valley Music, Arts Festival, and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival currently programmed for April 2021 hereby are canceled.”
No need to point out that these cancellations are a direct result of the new COVID-19 wave and its pandemic which gets more dangerous with large gatherings.
If COVID-19 were to be detected at these festivals, the possibility of threatening a large number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it catastrophic. There is no safe or even possible way to track down those who may carry the virus or were exposed to it.
At first, nothing was clear. The fests kept getting postponed but the virus did not seem to retreat and so, instead of scheduling it to happen in another month or two, the term “cancelation” got more audacious.
To be honest, California is leading the U.S. in COVID-19 cases with more than 3.2 million at present, based on the data collected from The New York Times. According to public health data, Riverside County has had 271910 COVID-19 cases with ICU bed availability at zero percent in the Southern California region.
The U.S. got involved with the virus in the worst was imaginable. There have been more than 25.8 million cases of the contagious respiratory virus, and at least 434783 people have died from COVID-19.