LOS ANGELES • Organisers of the world-famous Coachella music competition, on account of be held in April, have been pressured to cancel the occasion due to coronavirus issues – the second yr in a row it has been shut down.
Mr Cameron Kaiser, a public well being officer for California’s Riverside County, the place the large occasion is held, mentioned final Friday the order to cancel was based mostly on issues of “resurgence of Covid-19 each throughout the county of Riverside and worldwide”.
He mentioned the Coachella and Stagecoach music and humanities festivals entice “tons of of hundreds of attendees from many nations, together with a number of disproportionately by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic”.
“If Covid-19 have been detected at these festivals, the scope and variety of attendees and the character of the venue would make it unfeasible, if not unimaginable, to trace those that could also be positioned in danger,” he added.
Pageant organisers haven’t mentioned if they might try to discover a later date for this yr’s occasion.
Coachella and Stagecoach are normally held yearly on two weekends in April within the California desert.
Final yr, the competition had been postponed till October due to the pandemic, however the authorities later determined to scrap it altogether. The road-up was meant to incorporate headliners Rage Towards The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean.
In accordance with media stories, the economic system of the Coachella Valley suffered a drop in income of as much as US$700 million (S$930 million) as a result of cancellation of final yr’s competition.