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Coachella scraps its mandatory vaccine rule and will allow people with a negative covid test


Coachella scraps its mandatory vaccine rule and will allow people with a negative covid test

  • The fest, which makes its comeback to Indio, California April of 2022 after missing 2020 and 2021, will not require concertgoers to have the jab 
  • The festival’s official Instagram page made the announcement, saying that the decision was based on recent COVID statistics 
  • This goes back on an announcement made by festival owner AEG in August that there’d need to be vaccinations for everyone who bought a ticket 
  • AEG initially defended their August mandate by saying they thought it was in the best interest of everyone and they’d be on the ‘right side of history’ 


The Coachella Music Festival is pulling the plug on their original plan to enforce mandatory vaccines for ticketholders when it returns in 2022. 

The fest, which makes its comeback to Indio, California April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022 after missing 2020 and 2021, will not require concertgoers to have the jab.

The festival’s official Instagram page made the announcement, saying that the decision was based on recent COVID statistics.  

‘After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident we can update our health policy,’ they said in a statement. 

This goes back on an announcement made by festival owner AEG in August that there’d need to be vaccinations for everyone who bought a ticket.  

The Coachella Music Festival is pulling the plug on their original plan to enforce mandatory vaccines for ticketholders when it returns in 2022

The fest, which makes its comeback to Indio, California April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022 after missing 2020 and 2021, will not require concertgoers to have the jab

The fest, which makes its comeback to Indio, California April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022 after missing 2020 and 2021, will not require concertgoers to have the jab

AEG had originally announced a vaccine mandate for Coachella ticketholders back in August

AEG had originally announced a vaccine mandate for Coachella ticketholders back in August

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The rules are fairly straightforward: you can either show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the date you’re attending.   

AEG initially defended their August mandate by saying they thought it was in the best interest of everyone and they’d be on the ‘right side of history.’ 

Several other recent festivals, including Chicago’s Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Festival and Riot Fest, have used the same policy. 

It’s also largely in line with what the state of California deems ‘mega events.’ These are indoor events that have an attendance of 1,000 people and outdoor events over 10,000 people.

Coachella's rules are largely in line with what the state of California deems 'mega events.' These are indoor events that have an attendance of 1,000 people and outdoor events over 10,000 people.

Coachella’s rules are largely in line with what the state of California deems ‘mega events.’ These are indoor events that have an attendance of 1,000 people and outdoor events over 10,000 people.

The 2019 Coachella, the most recent edition of the festival, welcomed 99,000 people per day

The 2019 Coachella, the most recent edition of the festival, welcomed 99,000 people per day

Over 24 million California residents (71.5 percent) have been fully vaccinated, while another 2.6 million (7.9 percent) are partially vaccinated

Over 24 million California residents (71.5 percent) have been fully vaccinated, while another 2.6 million (7.9 percent) are partially vaccinated

The 2019 Coachella, the most recent edition of the festival, welcomed 99,000 people per day.   

The state allows people to use ‘digital vaccine records’ to be able to show at various public events. 

The state of California’s health department says that it’s administered over 50 million vaccines. 

Over 24 million residents (71.5 percent) have been fully vaccinated, while another 2.6 million (7.9 percent) are partially vaccinated. 

About 2.6 million people in Riverside County, where Indio and the festival are located, have been vaccinated.  

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