Noting that the “pandemic is not over,” the CEO of the organization behind Burning Man announced Tuesday that they would not be hosting a gathering in 2021.
“We’ve made a difficult decision based on the best information available to us. We decided to focus on energy on building Black Rock City 2022,” Marian Goodell with The Burning Man Project said in a live video address.
“It’s too important to do half assed,” she added.
The decision is a blow to the northern Nevada economy. Flights arriving for Burning Man and after the Labor Day weekend mark the busiest travel period of the year for Reno’s airport, according to officials.
It’s also a hit to the thousands of regular attendees, who had hoped this year’s Burning Man would cap a dark chapter for many.
The decision by The Burning Man Project was preceded by months of “will-they, won’t-they,” internal debate over vaccine requirements, and comes as many participants had backed out of 2021’s gathering.
Despite the decision, thousands are expected to descend on the Bureau of Land Management property where the event is held, just as they did in 2020.
Goodell challenged regular participants to put their positive energy into the world and to be good citizens wherever they go.
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