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Coachella and Stagecoach Drop All COVID Precautionary Measures

Testing and vaccines are no longer required for attendance
(Credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)

Stagecoach has changed its COVID regulations. In a statement on Twitter, the festival announced that it will not be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, or masking at its 2022 festival. This new policy also extends to Coachella as both festivals are promoted by Goldenvoice and owned by AEG.

While Coachella has not formally tweeted a statement, the new no barriers COVID policy is featured on the Health & Safety rules page of their festival website stating “In accordance with local guidelines, there will be no vaccination, testing or masking requirements at Coachella 2022.” Both festivals also warn attendees of the dangers of COVID on their festival websites despite their lack of protection.

Last year, Coachella and Stagecoach required proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to enter its 2022 festivals. Many major festivals, including Governor’s Ball, are maintaining their strong stance on requiring vaccinations and testing in order to attend their event.

Coachella will take place over two weekends from April 15-17 and 22-24 with headliners Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Kanye West. The festival garners over 250,000 attendees each year. This new policy calls into question the safety of attendees as the pandemic is far from over. 15,390 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the past seven days in Coachella Valley’s nine cities. With the festival months away, restrictions may be changed based on local guidelines.