It’s been tough to read the tea leaves on whether the Burning Man event would schlep its art cars and flamethrowers out and do a Black Rock City for 2021. Last year’s event, like every other event, was cancelled (they prefer saying it was a “virtual playa”). In recent months this year, the Burning Man Project has given theme camps a “gentle nudge” to start gearing up to have the event in-person, and started publicly contemplating a vaccine requirement, but many large theme camps have been backing out over safety concerns.
The safety concerns have won out. In a 10:20 a.m. announcement Tuesday, the Burning Man Project officially extinguished any hope of a Black Rock City event in the Nevada desert this Labor Day weekend.
“Although here in the United States we may be feeling the weight lifting and the light at the end of the tunnel brightening, we are still in the pandemic, and the uncertainties that need to be resolved are impossible to resolve in the time we have,” the Burning Man announcement says.
“We have decided to set our sights on Black Rock City 2022,” the post continues. “This is not a decision that weighs on just one specific issue; rather, it’s a combination of problems that in an ever-changing world resist certainty to move forward.”