Coachella Music and Arts Festival cancellation due to coronavirus fears
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival cancellation due to coronavirus fears, It is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert.
Calls for a shutdown have already started circulating though, with a petition to shutter Coachella this year quickly garnering more than 5,500 signatures.
'As a highly inclusive community, we are responsible to protect each and every community member, which include the ones who are elderly, fragile, or the ones who suffers from chronic diseases, cancer, immune system diseases and other form of disabilities,' wrote Stella Young, who started the petition.
'The lives of these people should not be down-played and we shouldn't risk their lives since they have a higher chance catching COVID-19 and develop critical situations that need to be hospitalized,' Young wrote.
Coachella is a hugely popular festival with social media influencers, who preen in selfies during the two-weekend event.
Each spring hundreds of thousands of festival-goers descend on the grounds of Indio over two three-day weekends.
This year Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott are set to headline.
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has climbed to 15, with all but one victim in Washington state, while the number of infections swelled to over 300 spread across nearly half the states.
On Friday, city officials in Austin, Texas issued a state of emergency that effectively cancelled another major festival, South by Southwest, also known as SXSW, which had been set to take place between March 13 and March 22.
It is just the latest cancellation of a major festival or conference due to coronavirus fears, following the cancellation of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, as well as Facebook F8 and Adobe Summit.
All told, the economic cost of tech events cancelled due to coronavirus has surpassed $1 billion, according to an estimate from ReCode.
Source: Daily Mail Online