Riverside County issues health order calling to cancel Coachella and Stagecoach for second year in a row

Health officials in Riverside County are calling for Coachella and Stagecoach to be canceled once again due to COVID-19 concerns.

According to a county order issued by Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, both scheduled for April 2021, must be canceled.

In the order, Dr. Kaiser cited "fall resurgence of COVID-19 both within the County of Riverside and worldwide" being the main reason for the county's push to call off the two iconic festivals.

Both Coachella and Stagecoach draw hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers each year, coming from various states and countries. Friday's announcement will make it the second year in a row both festivals will be called off due to coronavirus concerns.

The Coachella Valley's economy lost upwards of $700 million due to the absence of both festivals, according to a previous report from the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership.

All ticket purchases for the previous dates will be honored when the festivals are held, organizers said previously.

Below is the order issued by Riverside County:

As of Friday afternoon, neither Coachella nor Stagecoach have formally announced cancellations on their social media pages.

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