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Coachella Lifts COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Coachella Lifts COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has overturned its requirement that guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To attend the festival’s 2022 activities, people must present full proof of vaccination or a “negative COVID-19 test done within 72 hours of the event,” according to the festival’s official Instagram account.

“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 according to a statement on Coachella’s website.

AEG Presents, the live events company behind Coachella, announced in August that beginning Oct. 1 all ticket holders to their events must be vaccinated. Coachella takes place at the Empire Polo Club over two weekends, and next year’s edition is set for April 15-17 and April 22-24 after being twice delayed by the pandemic. The full lineup of 2022 performers has not yet been announced. The decision also applies to country fest Stagecoach, Goldenvoice’s other marquee event that takes place in late April and early May. On Tuesday, Stagecoach announced the policy change on its social media channels, while Coachella first introduced the change via the festival’s Instagram story.

Stagecoach is set for April 29-May 1 and boasts Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs as headliners.

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