The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the 2021 Coachella festival scheduled to hold in April. Not the first time though, as the festival usually held in California also suffered similar fate in 2020 due to the spread of the deadly virus.
Coachella is an outdoor festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the California desert every year. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the public health officer for Riverside County, announced the cancelation via Twitter on Friday.
“The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival currently scheduled for April 2021 are hereby canceled,” Riverside County Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in an order issued on Friday. Kaiser’s order also canceled the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, also scheduled to hold in April.
“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19,” the order states. “If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”
Recall that the 2020 edition that was scheduled to hold in April 2020 was moved to October that same year before it was later cancelled and moved to April 2021. Though, no official word on a new date, Billboard is reporting that this year’s event may be postponed till October.
The possibility of Coachella holding in October as being reported by Billboard could depend on the spread of the virus. The vaccine roll out could also help provide a hint as to whether or not the event will hold in October. A speedy and hitch-free COVID-19 vaccine roll out could help confirm the speculated date. For now, what is important is public health.
The cancellation of the 2020 Coachella event scheduled for April came on the heels of several cancellation announcements made by tech and social media companies. Facebook announced the cancelation of its annual F8 Conference due to the outbreak of the virus. The social media giant in a blog post said the cancelation was due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. “Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 2020,” Facebook said in a blog post.
Facebook said it was a tough call to make—and understandably so considering how vital the annual conference is to Facebook’s plans. The conference allows Facebook and its developers to come together every year to celebrate achievements and plan ahead.