“I am concerned because indications are rising that COVID-19 could worsen in the fall,” Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health Officer, said in a statement announcing the festival’s cancellation. “Given the projected circumstances and potential, I wouldn’t be comfortable moving forward.”
The festival area is allowed under Phase 4 of the California government’s Gavin News restoration plan and will require treatments or vaccines to allow entry, Kaiser said.
Health officials said they were in touch with Goldenvoice, the festival’s promoter, regarding the issue.
Hundreds of thousands of people are held at the festivals, and it was expected that big names of performers would perform in them.
Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church are set as Stagecoach.
“These decisions are not taken lightly with the knowledge that many people will be affected,” Kaiser said. “My first priority is community health.”