The annual music and arts festival is scheduled to return to the California desert for the first time since 2019 on April 15, with 250,000 gathering at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., for two consecutive weekends to watch the headliners, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, and Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West. But after initially announcing that all revelers would be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19, festival organizers reversed course in October, as virus levels were falling. Now, despite case numbers again rising — and festival passes being completely sold out — that amended policy still holds.
The entry policy requires a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours or proof of full vaccination, according to a statement on the festival’s website. The test can be molecular, P.C.R. or antigen but must have been administered by an official testing center.
The virus has done little to dampen American appetites for boozy, sun-drenched beach breaks in the months of March and April, but it has shifted the map a bit. Data from the travel search engine Kayak shows that Orlando, Fla., is this year’s most popular Spring break destination, and among the top 10 destinations, the only international city on the list is Cancún, Mexico.
In 2019, Las Vegas held the top spot, London was among the 10 most popular destinations, and Los Angeles — which has strict mask and vaccination mandates and has since fallen to number eight — was the fourth-most visited city.
Across Florida, where masks are not required, hotels report strong bookings. Plans for pub crawls, pool parties and yacht events are up as well, according to local tourism officials.