In a strange turn of events, popular music festivals Coachella and Stagecoach have just announced that there are zero coronavirus requirements to meet if you want to attend either event this year.
You don't have to show proof of vaccination, bring a negative coronavirus test, or even wear a mask to attend Coachella or Stagecoach this year. Last fall, the festivals announced that you wouldn't have to show proof of vaccination, but many assumed that there would still be various other requirements. Both festivals just announced that all restrictions are lifted.
The Announcement Came Shortly after California Mask Mandates Were Lifted
Both annual festivals take place in California, and the announcement that all coronavirus mandates were lifted came shortly after the state did away with the mask mandate. Stagecoach, which takes place April 29 to May 1, shared a tweet that said all the changes are "in accordance with local guidelines."
"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," the official Stagecoach profile tweeted.
It's not surprising that Stagecoach, a festival that predominantly features country music, has lifted all restrictions since their target audience is likely the demographic that would have little to no patience with coronavirus restrictions. The same can't be said for Coachella, however.
Coachella, from April 15-24, decided to lift the restrictions anyway. They haven't made an official announcement on their social media pages, but they changed the safety guidelines on their website. “In accordance with local guidelines, there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements at Coachella 2022," it reads.
There is a warning at the bottom of the page, though, and it says, "COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. There is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present and there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those attending the festival will not be exposed to COVID-19."
Headliners for Coachella are Harry Styles, Kanye West, Billie Eilish, and Swedish House Mafia. Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Combs are headlining Stagecoach.