The Fight of the Year
Coachella Vs. Coronavirus
How Will CoronaVirus Affect This Year’s Coachella?
Each spring, we get excited about the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
For the past twenty years, hundreds of thousands of music and art fans have gathered for the two consecutive weekends at the Greater Palm Springs for one of the most famous music festivals in the U.S. and the world.
So far, Coachella has hosted a great selection of artists from many genres of music, including mainstream pop, indie, electronic dance music, hip-hop, and rock. Several stages simultaneously host live music across the festival site, and the event also features sculptures and art installations. During the previous two decades, the festival presented over 2,400 artists, including names such as Björk, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Ariana Grande, who also made history as the youngest musician at the festival ever.
For many Coachella visitors, this festival is also a great opportunity to explore the Greater Palm Springs area. And there is definitely a lot to see and do here. From theatres, restaurants, and shopping to sightseeing, hot spring spas, and popular hiking trails such as Indian Canyons Hiking Trails or Murray Canyon Trail, Greater Palm Springs is a wonderful tourist destination even without Coachella. However, if you’re coming for the festival, don’t miss the chance to discover the rest that this amazing city has to offer.
This year, the Coachella Festival takes place from April 10-20, ready to host fans from around the world who will immerse in an excellent show by Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, and more than 150 other performances.
But, many of those who would like to attend and Greater Palm Springs residents alike are wondering how the Coronavirus will affect the event this year.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus involves a group of viruses that cause the disease COVID-19. The main symptoms of the disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties
In more severe cases, the infection can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.
How to Prevent Infection?
To prevent Coronavirus infection, make sure to regularly wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and avoid contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness like sneezing or coughing.
Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, if you have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of Coronavirus, or have been in contact with a person who does have COVID-19. If you suspect that you may have the symptoms, go to the emergency room or a doctor’s office.
So far, there are 107,490 Coronavirus cases registered around the world. 3,652 people died, and 60,914 recovered. In the United States, there are 377 reported cases (with at least 60 cases in California), with 17 deaths nationwide.
Many festivals, concerts, and other events nationwide and around the world have been called off over fears of Coronavirus.
Coachella 2020 Still On as Scheduled, Despite Coronavirus
Greater Palm Springs residents seem to be united in their concern about COVID-19 possibly coming to their town with hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe that will flock to Coachella this April. Coronavirus is particularly dangerous for the elderly, who are advised to stay at home as much as possible. Given the fact that Palm Springs is known as a retirement town where the median age is around 53, this may be a concern.
However, Palm Springs is also a tourist town that is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of music fans this April, counting on the revenue from the Coachella Festival. Recent studies show that 1 in 4 jobs in the area are supported by tourism. Canceling the festival due to Coronavirus would not harm only thIS event, but the entire local economy as well.
Nevertheless, Coachella, planned for two weekends between April 10-20, is proceeding as scheduled. The Coachella Festival executives have not made any announcements in regards to event cancellation or postponement so far.
Also, the tickets for the festival have been long sold out, expecting 125,000 music fans daily for each of the festivals’ two weekends.
However, the Riverside County Public Health officials closely watch the situation, ready to make decisions regarding the festival based on Coronavirus risks to the public.
If Coachella is called off, ticket buyers can expect to receive refunds.
The festival promoters Goldenvoice and AEG are not likely to cancel the festival alone, as their insurance company would not be responsible for reimbursing for their losses in this case. But, in the event of a force majeure (superior force), insurance would cover for AEG’s festival expenses and lost revenue (it is estimated that Coachella profit is between $75 million and $100 million annually).
If Coachella does get canceled as other festivals such as South by Southwest, the negative effects could be significant for Greater Palm Springs.