Burning Man canceled, going virtual amid “painful reality of COVID-19”


Burning Man organizers have decided to cancel this year’s gathering, which was scheduled to take place in the Black Rock Desert about 150 miles northeast of Reno from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7,  as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic,” as the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.

“’After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020,’ the Burning Man Project, the nonprofit that organizes the event in the Nevada desert each year, said in a statement posted to its website on Friday, April 10. ‘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.’

“The organizers previously postponed Burning Man’s main ticket sale, which was scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 8, saying they were going to gather more information before deciding to proceed with the festival.”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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