Organizers say the event was dropped amid concerns about a resurgence of the coronavirus in California.
Organizers of the famous Coachella music festival were forced to cancel the event due to coronavirus concerns, the second year in a row it was closed.
Cameron Kaiser, a public health official for Riverside County in California, where the massive rally is being held, said Friday the order to cancel was based on concerns of a “resurgence of COVID-19 in both Riverside County and around the world ”.
He said the Coachella and Stagecoach music and arts festivals, both scheduled for April, attract “hundreds of thousands of attendees from many countries, many of them disproportionately affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.” .
“If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it impossible, if not impossible, to track those who may be at risk,” Kaiser said.
Festival organizers have not said whether they will attempt to find a later date for the 2021 festival.
Coachella and Stagecoach typically take place two weekends every April in the California desert.
Last year, the festival was postponed until October due to the pandemic when authorities chose to abandon it altogether.
The lineup was to include headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.
According to media reports, the Coachella Valley economy has suffered a revenue drop of up to $ 700 million due to the cancellation of last year’s festival.