Next time concertgoers make their way to the Coachella Valley Festival, they will have to show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19.
AEG Presents, who operates the Coachella and Stage Coach festivals, announced that it adjusted its vaccination policy for both guests and staff at all of its venues, with the vaccination policy going into effect Oct. 1.
“Certain states’ regulations may override our mandate, or a few artists may not want to immediately get on board with the plan, but we know that using our platform to take a strong position on vaccinations can make an impact,” AEG COO Shawn Trell said in a statement. “The message we want to send is simple and clear: the only way to be as safe as possible is to require everyone to be vaccinated. And we’re confident that others who haven’t been ready to make this full commitment yet will follow our lead.”
AEG added that the policy is open-ended and may change depending on COVID-19 infection rates and variant data, as well as local and federal regulations.
AEG will also implement the vaccine policy at its other events and venues such as New York’s Webster Hall and Brooklyn Steel, The Roxy and El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, Firefly Music Festival, Day N Vegas and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Until the October date, concertgoers will have the option to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours, with a negative result required to enter .