Plans to host Coachella in October have officially been nixed.
The world is still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the last few weeks, there have been promising signs that we'll be released from quarantine and be able to return to somewhat normal conditions. However, summer 2020 appears to still be canceled. Every single major event that takes place in the summer has been nixed. Festivals, specifically, were forced to call off their annual festivities at the advice of health officials.
Coachella has been one of the biggest festivals in North America over the past few years. With major performers set to headline the festival, they were forced to push everything back until October. Of course, this was also optimistic seeing as how there's still no telling when the current pandemic is over and when the second wave will hit.
That being said, Coachella has officially canceled their 2020 plans. Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser signed off on papers calling an October a public concern in regards to the second wave coming this fall.
"I am concerned as indications grow that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Kaiser said. “In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Governor Newsom’s Stage 4, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward."
No word on whether Coachella will return for next April or next fall yet. We'll keep you updated.