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Coachella attendees will no longer need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to gain entry to the popular California music festival.

The festival announced the change in policy on its website, noting that instead of a jab, attendees can enter with proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival.


“After recently seeing the successful implementation of low transmission data and security protocols at our festivals … we are confident we can safely update our policy for Coachella,” the post read.

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The move contrasts with an August announcement by AEG Presents, the live event company behind Coachella, that from October 1 all ticket holders must be vaccinated at their events.

“We have come to the conclusion that, as a market leader, it was up to us to take a real stand on the state of vaccination,” Jay Marciano, AEG’s chief operating officer and president and CEO of AEG Presents, said at the time. .

“A few weeks ago, we were optimistic about where our business and country were going. The delta version, combined with vaccine hesitation, is pushing us in the wrong direction again.”

Coachella will take place from April 15-17 and April 22-24.

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