Burning Man, a famous annual event held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, has been canceled.
The week-long gathering, themed around music, art, radical community and self-expression, was scheduled to start on August 30.
“In 2020 we need human connection and Immediacy more than ever,” organizers wrote on the event’s blog. “But public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada are our highest priorities.”
The event typically draws tens of thousands of people to the desert for concerts, exhibits and its signature creation – a multi-story wooden sculpture of a human that is ignited at Burning Man’s conclusion.
The official website says a “Virtual Black Rock City” will take the place of the traditional event this year.