By: Jovillene Datu
On February 16, 2022, The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced that they will not require attendees at this year’s event to wear a mask, present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test. Coachella attracts up to 125,000 fans a day, and it is one of the biggest music festivals of the pre-pandemic era.
Coachella became popular for it’s exciting vibe, carefree energy, and ability to make you feel at ease despite the overwhelming number of people. Popular artists such as BlackPink, Ariana Grande, and Doja Cat have performed at the concert as well as celebrity appearances from Kylie and Kendell Jenner.
This event will be held in Indio, California, from April 15-17. They published their dropping of COVID-19 safety measures on their website, ‘Coachella.com.’ “In accordance with local guide lines, there will be no vaccinations, testing or masking requirements at Coachella 2022,” the festival confirmed. Goldenvoice, a division of the global concert giant AEG Live, said on the Coachella website, “There is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that those attending the festival will not be exposed to COVID-19.” Goldenvoice noted that “The festival’s COVID-19 policies may change in accordance with applicable public health conditions.”
Coachella did not run in 2020 or 2021 and was canceled numerous times over the pandemic. Organizers announced after weeks of speculation, that the festival will definitely be back this year. It is set to be headlined by Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, and Kanye West.