The change came this week when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Festival announced that they would be reversing their previous policy that required both staff and attendees to be vaccinated.
Those attending the festivals can now present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the events, or provide proof of vaccination. Coachella says the change comes due to rising vaccination rates and “low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols” at recent festivals.
Both events are scheduled in 2022: Coachella will take place April 15th until the 17th and Stagecoach runs April 29th through May 1st.
Grace Smith is co-anchor for NBC5 News at 6. The Chicago native is a recent graduate of University of Miami with a Communication Honors degree specializing in Broadcast Journalism. She minored in Creative Writing and focused her senior thesis on social media usage and engagement. During her time at the University of Miami, she anchored multiple award-winning student television programs, covering everything from music festivals to the Super Bowl.
Though she loved Miami’s beaches, she’s thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest where she can experience all four seasons and have a real Christmas tree! When she’s not at work, you can find Grace glued to any television showing live sports (especially if it’s the Chicago Bears) or attempting a new recipe as she learns to cook.