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Coachella Is Officially Postponed Over Coronavirus

Coachella will now move to two weekends in October, and the Stagecoach festival will also move to October.

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After days of speculation as to whether Coachella 2020 would go on in the midst of a global health crisis, Goldenvoice confirmed Tuesday that the massive arts and music festival will be postponed until October. 

"At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns," Goldenvoice said in a statement Tuesday. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials."

Coachella will now move to October 9, 10 and 11, and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. The Stagecoach festival will also move to October 23, 24 and 25.

All tickets for the April event will be honored for the October dates, and people will be told by March 13 how to get a refund if they can't make the new dates.

Several cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Riverside County in recent days and weeks. 

As the number of people infected with coronavirus continues to rise, Coachella and Stagecoach do not stand alone in terms of being put on hold. Many organizers have canceled major events as a preventative measure. The South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL, and some NCAA tournament games are just some of the U.S. events that have been canceled because of the outbreak. The BNP Paribas Open, a major tennis tournament held in Indian Wells, CA (also in Riverside County), was canceled. 

A petition urging for Coachella to be canceled emerged last Tuesday, and by Monday, it had garnered more than 12,000 signatures. A counter-petition launched on Wednesday has a description that reads: “Let’s not cancel Coachella, if you want it canceled just sell your ticket.”

The event in Indio, CA brings in hundreds of thousands of people from across the country and world over two weekends, and the event reportedly drives hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there are over 900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and over 20 people in the country have died.