Burning Man Festival Becomes Coronavirus Casualty

Will Go The Virtual Route Instead

Associated Press
April 13, 2020 - 5:16 am
A dancer juggles fire as a 52-foot tall wooden man as it goes up in flames September 2, 2000 during the15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada.

David McNew/Newsmakers

LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - As Nevada’s death toll from the coronavirus exceeded 100, the sweeping impacts of the outbreak across the state now include cancellation of the annual Burning Man festival.

Burning Man Project officials on Friday announced cancellation of the annual event that was scheduled to be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 in the northern Nevada desert

Organizers of Burning Man, a lifestyle and entertainment gathering that typically attracts 80,000 people, said in a Facebook post the cancellation was “in the interest of the health and well-being of our community.” 

“After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020,” organizers said in an online journal post. “Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do. Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too.“

Organizers said they were committed to providing refunds for tickets already purchase They asked purchasers to consider foregoing refunds because the organization faces layoffs, pay cuts and other belt-tightening measures.