MUSIC festivals Coachella and Stagecoach have been cancelled for the second year in a row as the Covid pandemic continues to rage across the world.
The events, typically held in Indio, California in April, were scrapped on Friday after organizers had initially said they planned to move forward with 2021 festivals.Coachella and Stagecoach have been cancelled for 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty The news comes as the US is still grappling with containing Covid
The news came down from Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser, who said the mass festivals were just not feasible as the US is still grappling with containing the virus.
"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," an order, signed by Dr. Kaiser, says.
When the 2020 events were scrapped shortly after Covid began rapidly spreading in the US, organizers planned to move the festivals to October.Coachella attracts massive crowds and stars, like Paris HiltonCredit: Getty Images - Getty A health expert said the nature of the events would make Covid spread nearly impossible to trackCredit: WireImage - Getty
However, as virus cases continued to skyrocket throughout the spring of 2020, organizers decided to cancel Coachella and Stagecoach altogether.
Organizers said at the time that they had "every intention" of holding 2021 festivals, but according to the new order, those will not be held in April.
Neither Coachella nor Stagecoach has said whether they will attempt to hold the events later in 2021 yet.
The decision to cancel comes at the US continues to deal with extremely high numbers of new Covid cases and deaths, a wave that was initially sparked during the holiday season.
Even as the country has approved two Covid vaccines, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna, the rollout has been slower than expected and most Americans are unsure when they will be able to get the jab.
As of Friday, there have been 25.8million cases of Covid detected in the US, and more than 433,000 deaths.
California is faring the worst out of all of the states by far, with 3.27million reported cases and nearly 40,000 deaths.
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