In an announcement just posted by the Burning Man organizers, they have confirmed that this year’s festival will need to be cancelled. Black Rock City will simply exist virtually this year.

After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020. 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. In 2020 we need human connection and Immediacy more than ever. But public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada are our highest priorities.

Marian Goodell, Burning Man Project‘s CEO, shared this message below.

A Message from Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell

The organizers will be in a tough spot without putting on this year’s event, so refunds will be available but not necessarily their preference.

Some of you who already purchased a ticket for the playa may need that money now more than ever. We’re committed to providing refunds to those who need them, but we’re also committed to keeping Burning Man culture alive and thriving, and to ensuring our organization stays operational into next year’s event season — which will require substantial staff layoffs, pay reductions, and other belt-tightening measures. Burning Man Project’s survival is going to depend on ingenuity and generosity. Luckily, our community is rich in both.

Bummer.