Festival lovers will need to pack away their flower crowns for a couple of more months, because Coachella and Stagecoach have officially been rescheduled because the coronavirus spreads within the U.S. The Riverside County Health System ordered the rescheduling on Tuesday afternoon, just two days after a public health emergency was declared in Riverside County, California.
“While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the security and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously,” said a press release posted on Coachella official Twitter page. “We urge everyone to follow the rules and protocols put forth by public health officials.”
Coachella and Stagecoach were originally set to require place from April 10-12 and 17-19, and April 24-26, respectively. The new dates for Coachella are October 9-11 and October 17-18. Stagecoach will happen October 23-25.
“All purchases for the April dates are going to be honored for the rescheduled October dates,” the announcement stated. “Purchasers are going to be notified by Friday, March 13 on the way to obtain a refund if they’re unable to attend.”
Riverside County Public Health Officer Cameron Kaiser ordered that Coachella and Stagecoach be rescheduled due to “concerns about the possible health risks” associated with the continued spread of coronavirus, consistent with a press release .
“This decision wasn’t taken lightly or inconsiderately of the many factors,” Kaiser said. “No doubt it’ll impact many of us , but my top priority is to guard the health of the whole community.”
There are six reported coronavirus cases in Riverside County, including four within the Coachella Valley, where the music festivals happen . consistent with Kaiser’s statement, the source of 1 of the cases is undetermined, and officials are considering the case to be a results of “community spread.”