Toronto Star

Coachella policy sparks concerns


Two months ago, concert promoter AEG Presents announced a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for all its shows — including Goldenvoic­e’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Many fans of music’s marquee live event cheered the decision.

But last week, when Goldenvoic­e announced on Instagram that proof of a negative test within 72 hours could also be used to gain attendance, fans didn’t quite know what to make of it. The event, scheduled for the weekends of April 15-17 and 22-24, was long-since sold out, so underwhelm­ing ticket sales weren’t a factor. The show remains six months away — plenty of time for the COVID-19 epidemic to worsen yet again.

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