Regulators reversed COVID vaccine mandate

INDIO, California – Organizers of the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have reversed course on plans to order COVID-19 vaccinations for ticket holders, instead allowing attendees to test negative for the virus within 72 hours of the event.

The announcement came on Tuesday in an Instagram story posted by the festival. It’s a shift from a policy announced by Goldenvoice, the music events company that hosts Coachella and Stagecoach in August, that required a complete vaccination of concertgoers and event staff at all clubs, venues and festivals.

In a statement posted to the Coachella website, officials cited low transmission data, high vaccination rates and safety protocols that have been successfully implemented at other similar festivals as the reason for the shift.

“We feel confident that we can safely update our Coachella policy that allows (a) a negative Covid test to be performed within 72 hours of the event or proof of full vaccination,” a statement on the festival’s website read.

Tickets for the 2022 edition of Coachella — which takes place on consecutive weekends from April 15-17 and April 22-24 — sold out within hours of going on sale in June, according to the festival’s Instagram account. Those who are still interested can attend Register to wait for tickets on Coachella.

It is not yet clear who will make it to the Coachella squad after the 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to the pandemic. The 2020 lineup featured some of the biggest names in music, including headliners Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Raj Against the Machine as well as Megan Thee Stallion, Big Sean, Tom York, Lana Del Rey and Lil Nas X, among others.

The Los Angeles Times reported Scott and Rage Against the Machine Scheduled to return next year With Ocean unavailable next year and set to top the festival in 2023.

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