Organizers have rescheduled the Coachella music festival until October over coronavirus fear.
The two-weekend music festival that was to take place in April will now take place over the weekends starting Friday October 9 and 16.
“While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously,” Goldenvoice, the company that puts on the event in the California desert, said in a statement.
Tickets purchased for the April dates will be valid in October, and those unable to attend will be able to obtain a refund, organizers assured.
The announcement comes on the heels of Miami’s decision to cancel the Ultra electronic dance music festival and Austin’s move to scrap the 10-day South by Southwest tech and culture event.
The number of US cases of the coronavirus surged to more than 1,000, according to an AFP tally, after public health experts criticized authorities for downplaying the epidemic and lagging behind in testing efforts.
At least 28 people have died and some 910 people have been infected.
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