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California Governor Says Concerts And Public Gatherings “Unlikely” Throughout The Summer


California governor Gavin Newsom mentioned during a press briefing yesterday, April 14th, that the state’s current restrictions on limiting the size of public gatherings are unlikely to be removed anytime soon. Those measures have of course been put in place to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In relation to how he views the upcoming summer and annual holiday celebrations to look, Newsom commented:

“The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. So large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers, all together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.”

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While Newsom admitted that conditions could change “radically”, he further stated that larger scale events planned for June, July and August are currently “unlikely”. With a potential COVID-19 vaccine not expected to be realistic until sometime in 2021 at the earliest, California residents will appear to be without live concerts, festivals and public gatherings for some time to come.

It remains to be seen whether or not this will impact the annual ‘Coachella Festival‘, which rescheduled from April to October earlier this year in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, while not yet officially cancelled, it seems all but certain that the planned System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet, etc. shows that were booked for May 22nd and 23rd in Los Angeles, CA will not be taking place as planned.

[via Blabbermouth]