Those attending Splash House this month will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.
The festival is anticipated to have 7,000 people daily at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, The Saguaro Palm Springs, Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and the Palm Springs Air Museum during the weekends of Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22.
This requirement follows the Palm Springs City Council’s approval Wednesday of a number of COVID-19 policies for city workers, the community and events.
“We are supportive of the city’s decision,” founder Tyler McLean said Wednesday night. “It’s the right thing to do. The health and safety of our guests and the community is our priority. We will be adding this new requirement to our protocols in place for Splash House.”
Here’s what passholders need to know:
Vaccination is required two weeks before attending
Patrons need to show their physical, digital or photos of vaccination cards upon entry to the festival. A negative COVID-19 test will be accepted at the box office during check-in while picking up wristbands.
Splash House requires passholders be inoculated with at least one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, two weeks prior to check-in.
Any COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) is acceptable.
The Chicago music festival Lollapalooza put similar protocols in place for roughly 100,000 daily attendees last weekend. Mayor Lori Lightfoot cited the strict pandemic precautions in defending the decision to hold the festival.
Lollapalooza said 90% of attendees on the first day of the event proved they were vaccinated. Lightfoot said hundreds were turned away.
In addition to proof of vaccination, masks will be required indoors and on the shuttles. Organizers ask that attendees bring their own face covering and keep it on at all times. Masks will be available at guest services and the medical tents.
Organizers also said passholders can expect bag checks upon arrival, adding there will be handwashing stations with soap and sanitizer and venues will perform enhanced cleaning in common areas.
Splash House is the first major musical event to return to the Coachella Valley ahead of other planned events such as Desert Daze and the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.
Founded by Tyler and Kelly McLean in 2013, Splash House has become a major contributor to summer tourism in Palm Springs. For the past two years, the host hotels — the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, the Riviera Palm Springs Resort and The Saguaro Palm Springs — have sold out both weekends, drawing 7,000 attendees to the city.
Splash House announced three festivals for 2020, all of which were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. McLean said they originally planned a festival for June 2021 but didn’t proceed due to logistics and a lack of clarity on COVID-19 protocols.
Both weekends of this year’s festival sold out within 10 minutes after going on sale in June, according to McLean, who added that most attendees are 20 to 30 years old and travel to the festival from Southern California and states such as New York, Texas, Colorado and Arizona.
The 2018 event resulted in 10,000 occupied room nights each weekend and brought $10 million to the local economy, according to the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @bblueskye.