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As coronavirus continues to devastate the music industry around the world, the California festival is cancelled for the third time.

Initially scheduled for April 2020, Coachella was delayed by six months, before an announcement in June stated the festival would not run in 2020. The annual music festival held in California, usually hosting 250,000 attendees was scheduled as usual for April this year, before health officials ordered the festival to cancel once again.

The announcement came via an order from public health officer for Riverside County, Dr. Cameron:

“The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival currently scheduled for April 2021 are hereby canceled.”

“This order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19 in communities worldwide. If COVID-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.”

No word yet on whether the festival will be rescheduled for a later date this year or cancelled altogether in 2021. A report from Billboard suggests talks are in place to reschedule the festival for October 2021, but this reliant on COVID cases significantly dropping and a faster vaccine roll out.

This news comes as many other festivals around the world, such as Glastonbury, have announced they are also cancelling or postponing for the second year running.