What’s New With Burning Man? An Update From Marian

We don’t know what the next year has up its sleeve, but we do know you are all what keeps Burning Man alive. Our CEO Marian just shared an important update about what’s new with Burning Man Project and Black Rock City. Check out the full video here, and read on for highlights! This is not a GO/NO-GO announcement. We will share an update every Saturday until we make that decision, which we anticipate doing by the end of April.

Where Are We With Black Rock City?

While it’s still too soon to know if we’ll be together on the playa this year, some mitigations currently being talked through are: proof of vaccination, shifting on-the-ground operations (particularly for Gate, DPW, Rangers, and medical teams), handling emergencies, and more. But the go/no-go decision goes beyond the medical and practical factors. “Safe enough to move forward” is not the only consideration at play. Is this summer the right time to build Black Rock City together? What are the cultural and social implications of BRC happening this year? Just because we technically might be able to do the event, it doesn’t mean we necessarily should, or will. You will be kept in the loop over the next few weeks as we gain more clarity. Our intention is to make a go/no-go decision by April 23, or at the latest April 30. Thank you to our COVID-19 Task Force for helping us weigh the pandemic variables.

2021 Honoraria Art Funding

Our nonprofit survived last year because of our community’s generosity: over 21,000 people gave between $10 and $5,000,000 to help keep the lights on and the fire burning. A group of generous donors recently raised funds specifically to support Burning Man art and artists. As a result, we are pleased to announce we’ll be funding this year’s Honoraria art projects, no matter what happens with Black Rock City. Close to $1 million will be granted to 58 art projects in 14 U.S. states (NY, NC, GA, LA, IL, TX, CO, NM, UT, NV, AZ, OR, CA, WA), and eight other countries: Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Ukraine. The art of Burning Man is global, year-round, and deeply impactful, and it extends well beyond the trash fence on playa. We can’t wait to see how these artists bring their visions to life. If the artists are not able to bring their art to the playa in 2021 or 2022 they will not be penalized or asked to return the grant funds. The art needs to be built and we hope it will be in BRC, but if not, it will be out in the world where Burning Man art should also be! Thank you generous donors.

Art Speaks

The online artist storytelling series ArtSpeaks emerged from the digital dust in the spring of 2020. So far, 10 episodes have highlighted stories from 49 different Burning Man artists. ArtSpeaks will be back in the fall for Season 2, but for now you can binge-watch all of Season 1.

Sustainability & LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch

LAGI Prototyping a Sustainable Future

In July 2019, we announced the 2030 Environmental Sustainability Roadmap, and we’ve been plotting how to reach this ambitious goal. The LAGI 2020 Design Challenge partnered with Fly Ranch, the undeveloped 3,800-acre property near Black Rock City — a canvas for sustainability, learning and innovation. We are now down to 10 design finalists who will soon begin bringing their ideas to life. We can’t tackle Burning Man’s sustainable future alone: we hope YOU will get involved. Please join us on April 19 for a call on these topics to learn more about the LAGI Design Challenge. Want to visit Fly Ranch? Donation-based nature walks are open to the public.

Burning Man Hive Labs

Earlier this year, you told us you wanted to do more around sustainability; radical inclusion, diversity and equity (R.I.D.E.); health and safety; and participation. You said you wanted to learn, to have conversations, and to build things with others in the community. Those learnings brought us to this moment. Next week we will begin welcoming the first participants into Burning Man Hive Labs, a facilitated process on Burning Man Hive for Burners to connect, learn and collaborate around shared goals for evolving Black Rock City and Burning Man culture. Want to get on board? Let us know here!

The Virtual Burn

Helios by Kate Raudenbusch in BRCvr 2020

Over 165,000 people participated in the virtual Multiverse during Burn Week in 2020. In 2021, we’re again working with talented creators and technologists in our community to build the Virtual Burn: bigger, more interactive, and radically inclusive. Anyone with an internet connection, from anywhere in the world, will be able to participate. You can get involved and contribute as an artist, developer or volunteer — we want your help to bring virtual Burning Man to life!

Radical Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (R.I.D.E.)

Helios by Kate Raudenbusch in BRCvr 2020

We are working to make all Burning Man spaces (including Black Rock City) more accessible, inclusive, and diverse. Our next big milestone is the multi-year R.I.D.E. Roadmap, to be published soon, which outlines a lot of the exciting work and objectives we have for the next 10 years. Over 500 people attended the first Radical Inclusion + Diversity Town Hall last October. A second virtual town hall is scheduled for April 24 — we hope you can join us!

Announcing an Invitation to the Future!

The Mega Cake by Piece of Cake Productions, Photo by Juan P. Zapata

Many of you have shared that you would like to show your support for Burning Man’s future by securing access to future tickets. We are excited to announce (drumroll!) a new “Invitation to the Future.”

Those who have the financial means can buy a reservation that guarantees access to purchase one regular-priced ticket to the next two Black Rock City events.

In other words, purchasing this reservation ensures you have an opportunity to get a ticket the next two times we can gather on the playa. There are 1000 of these opportunities for $2500 each. We expect these to go quickly. Visit your Burner Profile if you’re ready to go for it. For more detailed information, check out this post or visit tickets.burningman.org.

We Hope to See You Soon

Be sure to tune into the next two upcoming events for deeper dives into the ongoing important work of Burning Man Project and in our community: learn about LAGI and sustainability on April 19, and the second R.I.D.E. virtual town hall on April 24. For Black Rock City updates and information, subscribe to the Burning Man Journal and the Jackrabbit Speaks, and keep an eye on our social channels.

Thank you for being here, and for embodying the spirit of Burning Man during this incredible time. We’ll be seeing you in the virtual (or actual) dust soon!


Cover photo by Leori Gill

Virtual Burning Man image: Helios by Kate Raudenbush from BRCvr 2020

R.I.D.E. Town Hall Design by Deets Shay, Photo by Kate Beale

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123 Comments on “What’s New With Burning Man? An Update From Marian

  • Bacchus says:

    One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
    And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all

    Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall

    And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall
    Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call

    He called Alice, when she was just small

    When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go
    And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom, and your mind is moving low

    Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know

    When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    And the White Knight is talking backwards
    And the Red Queen’s off with her head
    Remember what the Dormouse said
    Feed your head, feed your head

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  • Tom Jones says:

    Yes! So grateful that Burning Man org has chosen the side of science and is stepping up to keep us safe in 2021 with a requirement for all participants to be vaccinated. Thank you Marion and the rest of the BM team!

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    • Tom Ferrell says:

      I am vaccinated but requiring this is a bad idea. What about people who have had it? Is it even legal? They should just have people sign a disclaimer and move on. Policing this is going to be a messy mistake.

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      • La professor says:

        100% agree!!

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      • Paul Mattison says:

        100% Agree. I’m not vaccinated and will not be getting vaccinated. What happened to radical inclusion? Also, the vaccinations only last a few months and they don’t protect against all variants so is there an expectation that everyone will be vaccinated multiple times within months of the event including booster shots? So disappointed as I was under the impression BM was more diverse and open minded.

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      • Dragon Nurse Christine says:

        Could do Daily rapid test for those who can’t or won’t get vaccinated. I imagine at an event this size they are going to be mandated to have one in medical. They just pay in advance for #of tests for those who have serious and publicly stated objections to immunizations.

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      • Katherine MacGregor says:

        people who had covid 19 virus can get it again. That is why it is so dangerous. The vaccines don’t mean you can’t get it. It just helps protect you.
        If you are smart, you won’t go.

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      • Sparrow says:

        I agree with you completely. I get that they are trying to keep people as safe as possible, but are mandatory vaccines really the way to go?
        It’s less likely, but it is still possible for vaccinated people to catch and spread Covid. Couldn’t there be different requirements for people who aren’t vaccinated? (i.e. PCR test, Antibody test, or even daily Antigen tests)
        I got COVID recently and have anybodies. I also would have no problem bringing proof of a negative PCR test, and/or paying for rapid testing and antibody testing on-site.
        There are many legitimate reasons people may choose to not get vaccinated. I was diagnosed with Guillén-Barre shortly after receiving my first flu vaccine. I was paralyzed for over two weeks and had to be hospitalized to put me on fluids. The Dr said I could be paralyzed for up to two years! There are only one in roughly a million people who get GBS through vaccination.
        I know the risk is low that each individual has a very love chance of developing bad side effects getting the COVID vaccine..: but then again, I have been that one in a million case before, and I don’t think I should be pressured by society to trust blindly in the safety of these vaccines especially since GBS can reoccur throughout a person’s life.
        I know people say I should just stay home if I won’t get vaccinated, but I hope you know that the burn means as much to me as I’m sure it does to all of you, and it would be crushing to be ousted from attending when Id be more than willing to show proof of a PCR test and take antibody or rapid tests on site.

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      • J. Juel says:

        How can you hold Radical Inclusion so high in your values and not include people who decide not to get vaccinated? Like feminist calls for bodily autonomy but not when it comes to our choice of what we do or don’t chose to put into our bodies. You’re going down the wrong path BMOrg.

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    • South Dakota Burner says:

      My vaccine status along with all of my medical information is private and luckily our laws still prevent discrimination based on medical status.

      I will not reveal my vaccination status, and if prevented from entering based on that will sue. I hope most do the same. Those rights were hard fought, mostly over HIV back in the 90s, and we shouldn’t give them up so easily.

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      • tonyr says:

        You need to stay home with your rights … (sic) the laws on not in your side here and it’s a good thing. You have the option of going or not going with the conditions required to attend. It’s not discrimination to require it … Look around and see other events mandating the same / similar requirements. You are not so special.

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      • myke says:

        It’s a private event. If you don’t want to show proof, you don’t have to enter. That is YOUR decision. Same with an ID at a bar. Or vaccinations you had to take to go to elementary school/highschool.

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      • South Dakota Burner says:

        I think you misunderstand the law, the protections in place very much hold true for private events. They must provide reasonable accommodations for people unable to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Their permit to hold it on public land does not grant them the ability to discriminate.

        Besides the legality, it is just plain wrong.

        When did this place because so full of hate? Stay home from burning man, you’re not welcome!? Listen to yourselves? When I first started going your safety was your responsibility, not everyone else. The spirit of burning man is long dead, I guess it mirrors our collapsing society pretty well.

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      • Wolverine says:

        SOUTH DAKOTA BURNER! I am in 100% agreement with you. Please post the laws your referencing, because I would love to have them. This place…what it means…is worth fighting for and I would join you in that fight. They have no right to ask for this and their logic goes against what this place is and what it should continue to be.

        There is no place in the world like it and I would fight with to ensure it doesn’t become the same as everywhere else.

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      • tonyr says:

        Wow, what rock are you living under – HIV status is not the same or even compares or similar in nature. It is truly sad to see how uninformed/ misinform people some are . Do you or anyone else really believe that HIV status and being or getting vaccinated are the same ? Your comments and comparison are what cause the horrible discrimination against not only HIV, but gay people as well. Wake up and stop with the dumb fear attempt just to draw attention and support for yours and anyone else who does not want to get vaccinated.Your boasting about how you would due is as meritless as your comparison.

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      • Safari says:

        FACTS:

        It is completely legal for states to require vaccinations. The states did it all the time prior to the pandemic when they require vaccination cards for kids to attend school and will continue after the pandemic. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobson_v._Massachusetts

        Also, the vaccines last longer than 3 months. Currently we have had the vaccine for 6 months or so (for some ppl). Right now all the science can say is that it will last at least 6 months because no one has had it longer to see if it does work. The expectation is that it will last at least a year if not two and we might need yearly shots just like we already do for the flu. Also, all the vaccines work against all the variants. There is a reduced efficacy, but the effectiveness is still above what is needed for protection. For example the vaccines are 67% less effective against the Brazil variant. However, the efficacy is still above what is needed for protection even with that reduced effectiveness.

        There is no hate or some kind of government conspiracy intended when requiring vaccines. The frustration comes from ppl stating their opinions as facts. In the case of a pandemic, this can lead to actual physical harm because ppl are turned away from getting a vaccine, which the science so far overwhelmingly supports that it’s safe and effective.

        The science supports vaccines and we should require vaccination confirmation to enter the event for the safety of the participants AND the safety of the communities surrounding the event. Not getting a vaccine is certainly an individual’s choice. However, there is no right, nor should there be a right, to be able to attend an event if an individual’s decision puts the greater public at risk.

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      • Lance says:

        The actual law on HIPAA is here. Private events can ask for vaccination proof, etc.
        See the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
        https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/guidance-materials-for-consumers/index.html

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    • dave says:

      …all of the people all of the time. I just want to give my appreciation for the forum to express opinions, the burners that are expressing them and the leaders weighing it all. You have my support in whatever the outcome!

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    • Burkhardt says:

      Vaccination reduces the risk of transmitting the virus not completly but by 80% to 97% depending on the drug. That is the main point for me. It is not about keeping me safe, but others. That is why guns and lasers are not allowed.
      Of course their are good and coutious people with guns and lasers. But on an event of this scale, you know that some injuires and even death will happen.
      Same with the virus: Of cause we cannot avoid having it on playa, but we (with some effort and common sence) dramatically reduce the spread within BRC but, even more impoartant, all over the places we burners will return to after we had fun out there.
      For me that is core the BM ethos: leave no trace, civic responsibility, have fun, but dont harm others along the way. For me that takes priority.
      All people are welcome. But behavior that intentionally or at least willingly puts others at severe risk is not.

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  • Evil Rev Chris says:

    Lovely! Thanks for the update, I look forward to the next volunteer season!

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  • Lady Taillight says:

    Thank you for the update and keeping everyone involved. I love your altruistic spirits and literally cried throughout this message, missing the playa and this vibe so much.

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  • Donuts says:

    The invitation to the future: Making Burning Man more accessible to the Very Wealthy.
    Neat-o.

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    • A sleeping bag and a tent are accessible to 95% of Americans…and the ticket price…people make choices in life )'( . 99% of Black Rock City citizens are just regular Americans…we did not come in by helicopter…and do not begrudge those that do…that’s not what Burningman is about. )'(

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    • Only 1.5% of tix are available in the Invitation to the Future (ITTF) so clearly no adverse effect on radical inclusion. BORG has salaries to pay, my $2,500. ITTF $ support keeps BORG alive for ALL Burners. The State of Nevada requires the vaccines for events so that decision was out of BORG’s hands. Please volunteer if you can’t afford the tix. If you’re an anti-vaccinator then you should be quarantining, not camping with 70K art loving Burners. Fear is the absence of Faith.

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    • Kristin Brown says:

      Accessible has a lot of meanings. In the disabled camp they have made it more accessible to those in need, ie ability to charge necessary medical equipment

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  • rhubarb says:

    Thanks for the update and information we all appreciate knowing how things are changing in our future.

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  • Robin Alexandra says:

    Hell yeah!! Thanks for the update ya’ll!! You are doing such a great job during some really trying times. I admire and respect you for the hours, brain and heart power, and determination you are putting into making these hard decisions.
    Our international community will be missed and I send you a hug if you are not able to even try to make it this year (for whatever reason).
    Keep the heart fires burning everyone. Here is a hug to help out!

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  • A.J. Jennings says:

    Excellent message. Well done M.

    Thank you,

    A.J.

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  • Jack Rabbit Leaks says:

    Time to re-write the ten principles:
    Mandatory vaccination is NOT Radical Inclusion.
    Giving 1,000 people the opportunity to buy their way in for $2,500 is NOT Radical Inclusion.
    And lastly, BMOrg – you need to change your name BMCorp as you are just another greedy corporation.

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    • Dan Finley says:

      hear hear

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    • ifellfromthesky says:

      2,500 bux to be first in line?.
      WTF????
      Was that a joke or a mistake?…

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    • Dory says:

      How about the fact that when BMOrg asked for donations to keep operations going, only 21,000 people donated, out of 80K people that went in 2019 and probably hundreds of thousands over the last 30 years.

      The organization needs money and while understandably not everyone can afford to donate or buy tickets in advance, they need a cash flow. Reserving 1000 tickets out of 70 or 80k for those who can spare 2500 dollars seems like a good way to ensure funding for another year. That’s 2.5 million dollars.

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    • Dory says:

      Radical Inclusion does not mean “include anyone with a contagious infection that can be lethal” because there is Civic Responsibility which says “Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare”.

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      • Tom Ferrell says:

        A completely over-the-top comment which is expected. Personally, I am so sick of Covid Karens. Requiring vaccination is going to be a mess and BM.org should not be going there. Sign a disclaimer and move on. People like you should stay home.

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    • Voo-Doo says:

      What he said..
      Mandatory vaccinations?!?!?!
      Are you trippin’?
      You know dam well a MAJORITY of Burners do not want mandatoritory vaccinations.
      Anyone that says otherwise if lying to us.

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      • South Dakota Burner says:

        Can you imagine if they demanded proof of HIV- status to enter?

        My medical status, vaccinations, and disabilities are no one’s business but my own. And it is illegal to even ask me for that info!

        Businesses have lost their mind if they think asking, must less discriminating against someone’s medical status is going to fly in court, much less public opinion over it.

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      • OG Burner says:

        Everyone should be allowed to attend. If the vaccinated people have such faith in their vaccines they’ll have nothing to worry about. I’ll take my chances without it.

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    • Hatman Jack says:

      It feels like the “Invitation to the Future” sale is in response to the donations received during the cyber year. Some kind of payback for those that were in a position to donate. It diminishes the spirit of those donations imho. It’s a small percentage of the total tickets but anybody paying attention can tell it damages the Burning Man brand. I hope it’s reconsidered. Vaccine falls under safety…All for it.

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    • Reminder, the $2,500. payment financially supports ALL Burners. International Burners won’t be making the trek, non-vaccinators will not be attending…so the 68,500 tickets has a chance to not even sell out!

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    • The Hustler says:

      Caring about other people and doing your part to stop a pandemic (yes, it’s real) fits neatly within civic responsibility, communal effort and gifting.

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    • South Dakota Burner says:

      I have a medical exemption for wearing masks, and no you can’t ask what it is. Protected information, just like my vaccine status.

      People need to calm down and start respecting other people’s decisions even if they differ from your own. If you want to wear a mask and get the vaccine that is your choice, but you cannot try and prevent anyone who doesn’t make the same decisions as you from participating in society. We have laws against discrimination for these exact situations.

      End the fear, bring back respect! Life is not risk free.

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      • GoodNewsBear says:

        I hope you respect the decision of Nevada to require vaccinations for private events – yes, even on public land.

        I am sorry that you have a medical condition that tightens your exposure to this deadly disease. I sure hope you don’t get it and that if you do, that you are non-symptomatic and full recover. We need everyone to do what they can to minimize mutations by limiting the spread of this virus. You sound like a responsible person who will help where you can.

        Hope this virus is behind us and that you can make it to the playa in 2022!

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  • Roof gap says:

    Thank you!

    And maybe I’m not seeing bigger picture, but it seams proof of vaccination is the key to making this all happen. Thank you for considering that. I fully support.

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  • David William Delve says:

    Wow, Its finished.

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  • Honey Anne says:

    Big Tech throwing their weight around. BM is now just another tool and has lost all credibility with true free-thinkers.

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  • Andrew says:

    $2500 for a guaranteed spot at BRC is a total money grab and goes against everything burning man used to stand for. This is not inclusion equity, diversity, inclusion or participation at all. It is encouraging plug and play for the rich and excludes most of the burners I know! Shame on you BMOrg.

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    • Dory says:

      They need money to survive and run. It’s a non-profit.

      Last year, when BMOrg asked for donations to keep operations going, only 21,000 people donated, out of 80K people that went in 2019 and probably hundreds of thousands over the last 30 years.

      This is 1000 tickets out of 80k tickets if we go by latest populations. Yes, the wealthy have access to those, but they are then paying 3000 dollars to go next year, 3500 if they want to go 2 years. It can allow the BM to happen so the rest of us can go.

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      • BobRoss says:

        Why didn’t the rich people who go to burning man step up? They could have just handed over the money to keep the org going. Instead, we get asked for donations and then people like you chime in to say those donations weren’t good enough. Check your privilege and quit copying and pasting the same comment over and over.

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  • R says:

    Uhhm if y’all shut down the new fest and then still dont do your own fest stuff,
    its a little too
    pyramid lake wannabe for me.

    How bout we start by realizing that it needs to be smaller population, more sparse camping, less big dense gatherings.

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  • Elsa says:

    The invitation to the future is just one more way to ensure that the wealthy can always access BRC and the rest of us have to fight over the tickets that are left. I’m very disappointed in that decision. Just ask for donations instead of selling out.

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    • Dory says:

      They did ask for donations and only 21,000 people donated out of hundreds of people over the last 30 years. This is 1000 tickets, so out of the 70 or 80K of usual attendees, is a very small percentage.

      It’s unfortunate they even have to fundraise, but honestly it’s a great idea for those who can afford to pay it. In essence, those rich people would have to pay either 3000 for 1 year or 3500 for 2 years. It funds the organization now.

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  • Felix says:

    Wait for it:
    Burning Man has sponsors so ticket prices can drop significantly and we can carry on without any legal issues regarding land use or anything else in the future! Help us in welcoming our new sponsors: Google, Twitter, and Facebook!!!

    Adios, Burning Man culture.

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  • Stay Positive…the virus is abating…we must live….but we will support the BORG in whatever decision it makes )'(

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    • Tammy says:

      I agree 100%. We need to stand with the BMorg to get through this. Even if we need to abolish the 10 Principles and live off the meat of aborted fetuses. I am in this 100% and I am 100% behind our Burning Man leadership, especially in these troubled times. We are all in this together.

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  • Papa Bear (not the placer) says:

    So, do any of you folks complaining about the “Invitation to the Future” sale realize that there is no FOMO sale this year?

    This isn’t a change that caters to the wealthy – if anything, it caters to wealth less than the FOMO sale it replaced. There are fewer slots available, and each “invitation” only gets you one ticket per year.

    It also eliminates the ability for the well-heeled to use the FOMO sale as insurance – buying two tickets just in case they don’t get tickets in the main sale, then reselling the FOMO tickets (at FOMO prices) if they happen to succeed.

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  • Chad says:

    Very interesting. The 1,000 opportunities will go FAST. I’m interested in buying for my whole camp. Are the opportunities transferrable?

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  • Ralph says:

    Just made and paid a reservation but it is unclear to me what happens if there will be a 2021 burn but if I have no vaccine yet. Would I then be able to get tickets for 2022 and 2023?
    Thanks Ralph

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  • Dee Plant says:

    After reading “everything”,

    is )'( done?

    May I suggest BURNERS create a small in their local communities ?

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  • La professor says:

    More than half of the nation including the new administration, refuse to discriminate people based on the medical conditions (vaccinated), so you decide that to do so?? What about people that can’t take the vaccine?
    Science…. if you decide to get vaccine you are “protected” what are you worried about the rest?

    “This is the end
    Beautiful friend
    This is the end
    My only friend, the end”

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  • TC says:

    My dream was to go to “The Burn” one day. I’ve heard such amazing, truly heartwarming stories from friends who have gone. Unfortunately it’s over. Burning Man has officially “jumped the shark”. Another victim of commercialism and political correctness. What’s next? Welcome to Burning Man… brought to you by Chase Bank. Time to start something new. Sad that I missed it.

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    • Lucy says:

      I bank at Chase and my best friend’s uncle is a Vice President there. They are good, honest and hard working people. Many employees are People of Color and women. I am deeply offended that you would imply that Chase would sponsor Burning Man. But if they did, they would be a wonderful sponsor. For the children.

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    • Learnerburner says:

      Now I’ve seen everything. Someone who’s never been to BM complaining that the Invitation to the Future is the final nail in the coffin for BM culture. Hilarious.

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  • Johnny says:

    As I said months ago, it’s a simple equation for 2021:

    Proof of vaccine + negative test + ticket = gate entry

    The bigger questions are:

    Do I really want to go this year given these restrictions? YES, these are logical requirements.

    Is it worth the risk given the new variants and non-compliance of some? TBD

    Will the BRC experience be as renewing as it has been the past twelve years I have attended? TBD

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  • Scott says:

    Marian’s Video – any chance it can be captioned? I am Deaf and I am sure many others who are Deaf would like it to be captioned.

    Thanks!
    -Ranger Hands Up

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    • Disappointed says:

      You might be better off not hearing it. She comes across like some rich New York philantropist who got her nails dirty 30 years ago and made a name for herself out of it.

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  • Tom Ferrell says:

    I am against requiring a vaccination card even though I am vaccinated. It will be a legal nightmare and pretty much unenforceable. I could reproduce my vaccination card in about 15 minutes. They should require a signed disclaimer. If you are worried about Covid then stay home. Personally, I am not that worried about Covid and feel it is sad that our society panders so much to the weakest among us.

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  • Spike Man says:

    I just got my vaccination! I’m so excited and ready for Burning Man. All my cells now have synthetic spikes that do spikey things to bad stuff. Look out Covid! I have super powers now. I’m Spike Man! I feel like I can shoot spikes from my fingers. Lovin’ it!

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  • Dean says:

    At least it might be a go for some! No go for my friends and I; zero chance that we can fly across the Pacific to attend even if we agree with the conditions (I agree).

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    • Dragon Nurse Christine says:

      Conditions may improve as more people are vaccinated August is 3 months away in covid time we can either improve each week or have 3 surges so Europe stay tuned it might happen! Get Vaccinated for this one time/disease very few people seem to be naturally able to resist this virus and this is why it has been so deadly! -Dragon Nurse Christine

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  • Nicholas Frankel says:

    Love that we might get to be on playa this year, but requiring proof of vaccination seems a bit draconian, and goes against the principle of Radical Inclusion! There is a comment above that states the issue should be addressed with a waiver. Totally agree! It will be a logistical nightmare to try and police that. Not to mention countless Burners who won’t get the vaccine for personal/spiritual reasons. Please do the right thing and not require proof of vaccination

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    • Tony says:

      Wow,really “the right thing ” ??? Who’s right thing ? The need of the many – including folks on the playa as well as all the folks a long the way from where every one will be traveling to and from before and after the event must be of higher concern then people who refuse to get vaccinated for what ever reason they feel, far out weights not getting vaccinated and or ensuring the event can be held safely. In the words of Spock – the need of the many outweigh the need(sic) of the few. Also,an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure … Simply put, Burning Man is suppose to be about caring about others,not just a party on the playa. The whole money thing should not really be of concerns,it’s the 570,000+ folks who have died because if these horrible virus and that’s on top of the other causes of folks dying each day from other causes. What kind of an enjoyment could folks have with the fear/thought of people having medical issues related to the virus without trying to hopefully mitigate it by simply requiring vaccination. That goes for helping ensuring they do not spread it to folks along the way too. Medical resources are extremely limited and over stressed during a normal burning man,just image what it would be with this. I am a 17 year burner now and it’s disheartening to read and see just how selfish some people can be. Obviously,you can tell a real burner – caring person from others just be reading these comments. It’s sad and unfortunately,but it is where burning man has been heading over the past years with the people who go just for a selfish party. In closing,just because it may be permitted to have,does not mean we should and need to have it in person this year. In fact,all the hateful comments coupled with the talk of refusing to get vaccinated, provide verification and ” falsifying verification cards” … Shouts to Burning Man NOT to proceed with an in person event for the need of many,not just haters. I think burning man should explore the opportunity of fund raising – last year,the DGS tickets cost individuals 2.7 sale fee a long with others for roughly $150.00 per two tickets, I know I would rather simply give that up front to burning man,instead of a company who makes the money and gives nothing back (?) . We are burners and we day we care about things and people,but our actions speak louder then words. I hope everyone says safe and my thoughts and prayers are for everyone in the world who has lost lover ones from the virus and any other way.

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      • Karen says:

        I know, right. These anti-vaxxers are dangerous. The vaccines are perfectly safe. All they do is put synthetic safety spikes on all of your cells. Safety spikes are safe and do amazing things. It’s like turning your cells into amazing super cells of health & safety.

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      • Holy Cow! says:

        Right on. I feel the same reading these comments.

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      • Andyman says:

        Being an “anti-vaxxer” and being vaccine hesitant or pro-informed consent or observing that a vaccine card doesn’t guarantee that you aren’t carrying the virus are very different things. Conflating the two is misguided.

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      • Buttercup says:

        Bravo on your comments Tony! People are allowed to not to chose the vaccine of course – but because that means they can spread a dangerous and deadly virus, they should not be allowed in to big events right now.

        Just like the unvaccinated most likely won’t get to travel many places internationally, go to certain venues, take a cruise, work places where they could infect vulnerable people, or go to school on many campuses,

        But also, for the love of God, think of all those who have suffered or been lost. Imagine 10 years of people that go Burning Man all dead in one year. That’s Covid-19.

        So if you don’t want to get a vaccine, by all means don’t – but you don’t have the right to bring harm to others. I am deeply grateful to have gotten the shots – most of all because I am helping to keep others safe.

        I miss you Burning Man Family. I hope to see you in the dust all healthy, well, cheerful, and safe.

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  • Cheyenne Maxfield says:

    Vax passports are discrimination. I used to love Burning Man, you let me down!

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    • tonyr says:

      Cheyenne, how is it discrimination ? Is it simply just because you do not like it – unfortunately,it’s thinking of that what ever concept ??? Is what has greatly contributed to the 570,000 + deaths in this country alone. It is fortunate that they are some rules and guidelines for burning man – after all,you are not the only person there. If you do not believe the iris and or it’s ability to cause death or serious illness,then going down to any local County Records and review the countless numbers of people who died because of this horrible virus and only wish that they could only be so like to have had the chance to get vaccinated so they could show a vaccination card – the chance to hug their lives, to smell sir,taste good and not to have had the life sucked out of them. If it seems personal to me,well it is – I am one of the many many who had love ones die. People who had to go to work to support thier families,cared about others and got the virus doing so. It was people who thought they had rights to go out and party and act like there was no pandemic going on that helped spread the virus and deaths. So,it’s not discrimination,it called putting the safety and well being above selfish individual who only care about partying.

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      • Common Sence says:

        Your comments are ill-informed and shallow. I suggest actually reading about current scientific thought on the matter.
        So how do you feel about being asked “Your papers please” just to travel to Nevada next year?

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  • Luis says:

    Require is a Constitutional infringement on human rights

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  • Diney says:

    Good video. Reasonable requests. Very reasonable. Thanks.

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  • Eric says:

    Since having the vaccine doesn’t prevent you from carrying and transmitting the virus (it just prevents you from getting sick), I don’t see how requiring people to have the vaccine helps protect anyone else.

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    • Bill Nye Fan says:

      Having the vaccine makes you very unlikely to get it again, and if you do get it, you are deeply unlikely to get a bad case. Thus, if everyone who attends is fully vaccinated, it is considered incredibly safe (see what the CDC and other science organizations have been saying.)

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  • Benoit says:

    France is asking people who have been vaccinated to be in confinement because they can still spread the virus.
    I wouldn’t want to go to Burning Man surrounded by people who are all super spreaders because they got the vaccine.
    C’est domage.

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  • Di says:

    You assume the vaccines will protect people from getting or spreading the virus. It doesn’t. CDC/Pfizer/Moderna/AstraZeneca don’t know after two months if their vaccines are still effective. The data from the trials spell this out. The breakthrough cases happening prove vaccinations don’t guarantee health or safety of anyone. It only reduces severity of symptoms – that is what they are labelling as 95% efficacy for. The State is the state, so if Nevada requires it, that is their requirement. If vaccines are necessary to participate, Burningman must remove “Radical Inclusion” as one of the fundamental principles of the event because it would clearly no longer be true.

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    • tonyr says:

      To all the anti Vaccine people, NO one has ever promised the Vaccine is 100 percent effective,in fact it’s quite the opposite … It is hopefully going to mean the difference between and has already supported it will save lives,reduce the seriousness of illness,not require hospitalization,or being put on a ventilator and most of all …. Ready for it ??? And will give the thousands of medical people who have to endure countless hours and days of working to save lives and unfortunately before the Vaccine became available,watch 570,000+ americans die who did not have the opportunity to access the vaccine versus death. It is for selfish people like you , that obviously burning man should not happen in person this year. It is truly disheartening to hear the few (you are not the majority ) who are trying what ever lame reasoning just so they can party. It seems if burning man was / is so important to you,then you would be willing to try to do what you can to make it safe and enjoyable for all,not just yourselves. Very very sad … PS , in case you are not aware of it, science and factual data is not on your side.

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      • Tucci says:

        NPR has reported that 40 percent of health care workers are refusing the vaccine. Why do you think that would be?

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      • tonyr says:

        Gucci, they are and have been begging people to stay home and wear masks too . Also, I do not believe in the “40 percent number ” you state … I have heard there were medical people at the start,but not as high as 40 and what time frame was that allegedly from and what location. Even if it is 40 , who cares,the facts and science speak for themselves. Look at what happened in KY when an unvaccinated health care worker in a Care Facility have the virus to 23+ people who were fully vaccinated – one of them died as the results of that person’s careless actions. Just imaged how bad it would be if they were not vaccinated. The great good is far far better then the risks. The playa is a dirty nasty breeding grounds for things already, why why would anyone want to go there without taken as many safey precautions as possible. Also,there is not much around for medical assistance – not if but when people start getting sick and or having medical issues. Or does everyone just simply go and not think about it,keep fingers cross and hope nothing happens ??? I bet the health care worker who got the 23+sick and killed one felt the same way. That is not her right or anyone’s else’s.

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  • Greg Cantin says:

    What ever happened to “Radical Free Expression”? As a Seven Time Burner… I shall see you no more. Virtue Signaling at it’s finest. As Hundreds of Humans die weekly from the “Vaccine”, you march to the tune of The State. Goodbye.

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    • tonyr says:

      Wow, are you going to share what you are smoking,doing and or drinking with others as you typed your phony , no – it’s a plain and simple lie of a statement . There are no hundreds of deaths from the vaccine as you careless falsely spew . You truly should be ashame for trying to sell that garbage to people … it sure speaks volumes about you.

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    • The Otherone says:

      It started bringing in Critical Race Theory a couple years ago, so the Virtue Signaling has already been underway.

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  • Westin says:

    Burning Man, you have really drawn a line in the sand and alienated a significant portion of the community that frankly IS Burning Man. It’s becoming clear the Org and community are as out of touch with one another as the US government and its citizens.

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    • Rex Hardware says:

      That’s been happening for a long time. The happy anarchists were shown the door a long time ago. It’s by design. The happy anarchists were over-opinionated and difficult to control in an authoritarian top-down structure. That structure requires obedience to rules to create stability for the continuation of the event. The aesthetic and general ethos/vibe of the event was retained as a sort of homage to the past, but it’s just a veneer; an addition to the spectacle that assures continued ticket sales. It’s a business, a weeklong vacation package sold to normal people so they can dress-up and play radical for a few days then share selfies and the dusty tales to their cubicle-mates back home.

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  • Lana says:

    So I guess radical inclusion is out.

    So is radical self expression since I might offend someone with my anti vax sculpture. right? Or should I even be worried about my safety from the fellow passionate vaxer who feels my expression attacks his beliefs?

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    • Java says:

      Not at all! You’re still more than welcome to bring your sculpture, but just don’t be surprised (or yourself offended) when you get feedback from those passionate about science-based health.

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  • Ziggi says:

    Wow, some of these comments are over the top. It’s extremely disingenuous to hide behind Radical Inclusion and, even more dishonest to invoke “Constitutional infringement.” Just to be clear: anti-vaxxers are NOT a protected group, morally or legally. Federally protected classes are race, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. How dare you compare people willing spread a lethal virus to oppressed and marginalized people who struggle with actual discrimination? Not getting vaccinated is a CHOICE. If others refuse to associate with you, or if you’re denied entrance to somewhere you want to be, that’s on you.

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    • Juanita Jose-Hernandez says:

      The vaccine does not prevent contagion or transmission. Vaccinated people are arguably more dangerous because they believe the falsehood that it does. They are less likely to continue social distancing and wearing their masks. I already encountered one who tried to shake my hand after announcing she has been vaccinated. You vaxxers need to understand the science behind what you’re injecting, otherwise you are a dangerous group.

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  • Blondie says:

    I agree with Ziggy. When life and death is on the line, things need to adapt. This is a dangerous pandemic. If you don’t care about the health of other people around you, then you should stay home. It’s not fair to put other people in harm’s way, and possibly kill them, because you choose to ignore the scientists. It not right. You don’t have to get vaccinated, but your choice may hurt or kill others. I don’t want to know the pain of losing fellow burners, who I have burned with for over 20 years, because of a non vaccinated “rights” believer. Don’t kill other people because you think you have the right to do whatever you want. This is a PANDEMIC. Almost 140 million people suffered its horrible symptoms. Over 3 million people are dead. If you won’t get vaccinated, your choice. But stay home. You are not free to kill others because you choose not to get a vaccine. And don’t ask Burning Man to fund all the extra medical needed to get you off the playa when you catch Covid due to your own recklessness. You could cause even more harm to those trying to help you in the middle of a large event in the desert. Like that is the way they wanted to spend their vacation.

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    • tonyr says:

      Well said and to the point. I am concerned that some of these individuals may at their beliefs – think they can simply show up at gate and demand entrance because it’s ” their right too (sic) and not comply with established safety guidelines ? I respect everyone’s individuality – regardless , yet that stops when it comes to the health and safety of other, due hardships and at the enjoyment to others rights to them too. Masks are still required,no Vaccine is 100 percent cure all, yes there are said effects of just about everything – good or bad, including too much water – welcome to being human. However,there are things we as humans can do to help reduce the seriousness and impact on things. I have talked with other camps and my own camp mates ( from many States and three other countries) and our desire to be on the playa for 2021 includes and will only be with safety guidelines (daily testing is not a sure thing – false positive or negatives) and is resource intense – costly, what do you do with positive tests – Lot D them ??? , What about staffing resources ? The number of attendees to the event will already be reduced, so do those numbers include all the extra folks for that ? What about law enforcement needs – it is obvious the number will have to be ramped up to meet the needs ( we do want a Jan 6 incident) and what about Medical ??? I am sure there are a lot of others they will want to be instead of being in a night mare of a setting on the playa ( I have spoke with an ER Doctor and RN ) 18+ year burners and neither want to go. We should all pump the brakes , take a few deep breaths and see what each one of us can do to make this a safe and special burning man to enjoy and to help remember all the folks who have been impacted by this horrible virus,loss their lives ,lost love ones and the folks who are having long term side effects after it.

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  • Marco says:

    I think at this point whoever steps foot outside of their safe bubble is accepting the risks of life in general.. requiring a vaccine is a bit much. Those who are vaccinated have nothing to worry about

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  • K B says:

    Requiring proof of vaccination will destroy burning man. Burning man is about radical self expression, not submitting to the will of pharmaceutical companies who are making billions off of injecting something into your body that causes it to produce something potentially dangerous.

    If you want a vaccine, great. If you don’t, great. It’s your decision, and the org is clearly out of touch with the people who make BRC what it is. The org would rather trust big pharma than the will of its constituents. This is exactly what the federal government does. I love this community, and it sucks that the org would cause this type of divisiveness.

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  • ok2burn says:

    In an age where there’s a cottage industry creating authentic-looking fake driver’s licenses, doesn’t anyone think that it would be super easy to forge an elementary-looking vaccination card? How/when are proof of vaccinations going to be verified and vetted? Has anyone thought that perhaps personal medical information might not be available from 3rd party sources due to privacy issues? This requirement is not well thought out.

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  • justin kohn says:

    Wow. I remember when we all took responsibility for our heath safety and well being by buying a ticket. and now we are being strong-armed into taking experimental, perhaps dangerous shots to attend?? wtf happened to the burn? Looks like I’ll be missing this event from now on. Enjoy your playa and police state, people.

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  • TheWiz says:

    I, as a 17 year burner, have watched the event evolve (and in some ways devolve) over this time. I brought art in many of these years and I am a two time honorarium receiver. I am 71 years old and therefore at several times the risk from covid. I fully support the mitigation measures so far planned. I don’t think they go far enough. I credit arguments based on science above those based on emotion. The evidence from other large events involving packed crowds with no mask or vax requirements is clear. They result in shocking numbers of new cases and deaths. Your right (if it exists at all) to distribute a deadly disease ends at my skin. If you value your own unsupported beliefs over the lives and health of our community, don’t selfishly force them on the rest of us and please stay home.

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    • Bill says:

      I agree, they’re not going far enough to make the event safe. We all need to double up on masking and also wear gloves. This is a global pandemic and we’re all in this together. There should be a continuous testing requirement on the playa. Center Camp would be best for this if we do away with the coffee station. There should also be roving spot checks for anyone violating social distancing protocols, and ejection from the event for repeat violators plus fines. This is a global pandemic and we are all in this together. This is a threat to our democracy.

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  • Ross Sailb says:

    Let’s use some logic here.
    -Being afraid of unvaccinated people attending is an illogical fear.
    -The vaccinated should not have that fear. They are VACCINATED.
    -The unvaccinated can make a choice to go fully aware of the risk.
    -You can’t risk the willing.

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  • tonyr says:

    Hello to all, hope everyone is staying safe and healthy – I am not sure if folks have seen the News in Kentucky ??? Where an unvaccinated health care worker in a Care Facility infected 22 -( may 26+ ) residents who were fully vaccinated – and unfortunately one of them died as the results. The others appear to be stable and doing already with no serious threat of getting sicker or dying due to the infection. The vaccine is doing it’s job in protecting folks, especially our most critical and vuerable population. However, like it is clearly stated,no vaccine is 100 percent. But,if the health care worker was vaccinated according,then this would be à mute point. Also, vaccinated people can and do carry the virus,can spread it,but it’s not as strong and we all have a better chance of surviving any exposure to the virus as we all work together as a family, friends, fellow burners and community to end this horrible virus. It is not right to even consider anything other then requiring full vaccination to attend burning man in person. Most schools are mandating vaccination in order to attend schools next year for staff and students alike. The virus is attacking are youth now and the impact is bad … Not just minor symptoms. We have a lot of very valuable older burners who help make burning man what it is and without them it not burning man,it would simply just be another party on the playa and that’s not what Burning Man is about. As a picture in time, not everyone who wants to go to burning man gets together way. So, the folks who do not want or cannot (sic) get vaccinated,they need to stay home this year. It’s that simple – the need need of the many, outweigh the need (sic) wants of the few and you are the few. In regards to falsifying vaccination documents , that’s serious and if done on Federal Property, can carry harsh penalties – not to mention the social consequences . Cards are verifiable.

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  • javaman says:

    Is it just me, or am I missing something? Reading through these posts and wrapping my head around the science and rights aspects it seems clear that the org has to conform to the states guidelines or to uphold “radical inclusion”and not have the event. Is it the “rights” stance that it is better not to have the event and deprive those of us the experience, then bow out a year or two because they choose not to vaccinate? It seems to me that it is out of the orgs hands. I agree its a slippery slope, but this isn’t as simple as a condition or disease that is manageable. Last I checked I could hug a person with HIV and not contract it, or huddle in a tent through a dust storm and not get herpes. You can get covid by using a porta potty or just breathing so this is clearly different. I would have chosen not to vaccinate, but I wish to see my friends and home again, so its appears to be my choice. I think blaming the org for upholding the states guidelines is misguided, and its probably been some serious round table discussions about do or not do the event for a second time. I’m sure its also about the money- but no money means no event, would we really want to see this all fold up because some of us believe that its better not to compromise than participate?

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  • j says:

    Before you demand that participants take this experimental shot in order to attend, i believe people deserve to know some of the potential hazards of these shots- as a public service, here is a link to 3 holistic doctors voicing their concerns: http://www.truthunmasked.org/p/stay-away.html?fbclid=IwAR0xfZpELCtD7-zVvtuJENBze2gNV77YmkUD4u4f8TYEjy220_6BhRR7xvs

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  • Silver cowboy says:

    I have read these comments through. Wow. There is so much misinformation and very emotional responses. I’m rather surprised to see so much vitriol from fellow Burners.

    This is about two things; Civic Responsibility and personal choice. You can have both. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, that is your choice. If you are not vaccinated, skip the event this year (civic responsibility). I see people commenting that they will take the risk; my body, my choice, and whatever rights they think are being violated. Nobody is violating your right to not get vaccinated. Nobody is forcing you to do anything. Nobody is forcing you to buy a ticket and attend the event.

    What “agenda” are you talking about? The agenda to protect the vulnerable in our communities and engage in minimal precautions in order to assist with minimizing the devastating effects of a global pandemic? That agenda? How horrible! How dare we care about others and not just ourselves.

    I don’t know where this idea that Burning Man is about doing whatever you want to do with no regard for anyone else. THAT is not the Burner way. I have been attending consistently since 2000 and responsibility for more than just yourself has long been a principle. There is no violation of your right to privacy. Nobody is forcing you to give this information publicly. You don’t have to give it at all, but that may mean you won’t be admitted to Burning Man. You have a choice. It isn’t a mandatory event.

    To those with real medical conditions, I feel for you and you need to be extra cautious. If you are so medically fragile you can’t get the vaccine or wear a mask, you probably don’t belong in the middle of a desert in hostile conditions with only minimal medical assistance available. You might want to consider that.

    As someone here suggested, it may be that we need an annual booster, like with the flu vaccine. Ok. Yes, I’ll do that just like I do with the flu vaccine to protect the elderly and vulnerable I come into contact with through my public service employment.

    Might it turn out to be true that in the end we were overly cautious for no reason? Sure! But I’d rather be cautious now than irresponsible given what we know today. And please don’t tell us about a friend you know with a devastating response to the vaccine. Please! The numbers dying from COVID far outweigh the numbers dying or having a negative reaction from the vaccine, as tragic as that is. I do not want to minimize your experience, but If you tell your story about your friend then I have to tell you my stories about the devastation to families and communities from COVID for those who were not lucky enough to get vaccinated and all the people I personally know who have had the vaccine with no negative response, including myself. Let’s please not engage in the invisible army debate.

    If you choose not to vaccinate and not to attend, we will miss you. It will not be the same experience without you, but it will still be an experience.

    For those of us old enough to have been vaccinated so you can live in a world without polio, you’re welcome.

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  • Frankly says:

    I am against having proof of a shot to attend Burning Man.

    I understand there are some fellow burners who feel that this could cause a super spreader event. The evidence does not support that opinion. Texas is the second most populated state in America. Texas has three out of ten of the most populated cities in America. Texas has been completely open, no masks or shot requirements for more than a month now, and has the LOWEST number of cases per 100,000 in all 50 states. Texas is number 50 and Michigan, the most locked down state, is number 1 with the highest number of cases per 100,000.

    I am not claiming to know why. A lot of Texans have received the shot and a lot of Texans have not. There is the suggestion and possibility that heat, sun, and wind have a destructive effect on the virus. Texas has a lot of heat, sun, and wind. So does Black Rock City.

    The Org. may be violating the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against employees based on their medical condition by requiring a shot to attend.

    Violating federal law would invalidate a loan condition of their $2 – $5 million PPP loan and require the Org. to repay the loan instead of having it forgiven.

    A lot of attendees (volunteer) work a lot of hours in order to receive benefits from Burning Man. They work a lot of hours and in exchange, receive benefits, tickets, meals, showers, etc …. They work and are paid for their efforts.

    Burning Man should not potentially violate Federal Law by requiring us to have proof of a covid shot in order to attend.

    Quite a few of us have not caught the virus. Maybe we have natural immunity. Over 30 million people have had the virus and recovered. They have natural immunity. Including the adults in America who have received the shot, we have reached herd immunity. All of those examples are exactly the people you want attending Burning Man, spreading natural immunity to everyone they come in contact with or they have received the shot.

    I am attending a convention with 35,000 – 50,000 attendees from all over the world this summer in Las Vegas. It has indoor exhibits, indoor class room education and outdoor exhibits.

    There is NO shot requirement to attend this indoor/outdoor convention with 35,000 to 50,000 people in a much smaller and more confined space than Burning Man. Only temperatures taken, masking and the six feet distancing.

    There is NO shot requirement to attend.

    The government should not require stricter rules for attending Burning Man than the rules for this convention.

    The Org. should not require stricter rules to attend Burning Man.

    The Org. should NOT require a shot to attend Burning Man.

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