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Coronavirus forces deferment of Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals

11 Mar 2020 13:41, Somoy English Desk
Coronavirus forces deferment of Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals
Coronavirus forces deferment of Coachella, Stagecoach music festivals

Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its country music counterpart Stagecoach over three weekends in April, has postponed both festivals due to growing public health concerns about the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Two high-profile music festivals are moving out of April.

Coachella is being rescheduled for Oct. 9-11 and 16-18. Stagecoach will take place Oct. 23-25. The decision to delay the events comes after the cancellation of the nearby BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California and the declaration of a public health emergency in the Coachella Valley's Riverside County by the top public health officer on Sunday, March 8, reports usatoday.

"At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns," Goldenvoice said in an email Tuesday. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials."

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered the cancellation of both April festivals, citing "concerns about the possible health risks because of the ongoing move coronavirus," according to an email from spokeswoman Brooke Frederico.

“This decision was not taken lightly or without consideration of many factors,” Kaiser said in a prepared statement. “No doubt it will impact many people, but my top priority is to protect the health of the entire community.”

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