“I am concerned with growing signs that COVID-19 could get worse in the fall,” said Dr Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County Public Health Officer, in a statement announcing the cancellation of festivals. “Given the circumstances and prospects expected, I will not be comfortable going forward.”
Kaiser said the festivals area is permitted under stage 4 of the California government’s Gavin Newsome reopening plan and will require treatments or vaccines to allow entry.
Health officials said they are in contact with Goldenvoice, the promoter of festivals, on the issue.
Festivals host hundreds of thousands of people and were expected to perform well.
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“These decisions are not taken lightly, knowing that many people will be affected,” Caesar said. “My first priority is community health.”