More than 1,000 people gathered at San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Saturday to celebrate Burning Man culture, according to the mayor, who shut down the beach's parking lot in response.
"This was absolutely reckless and selfish," Mayor London Breed tweeted on Sunday. "You are not celebrating. You are putting people's lives at risk. You are putting our progress at risk. No one is immune from spreading the virus."
The gathering on the beach was one of many large congregations over Labor Day weekend that went against recommendations.
Though it was specifically celebrating Burning Man, the event's organizers -- who held a livestream of the annual tradition of burning a wooden effigy Saturday -- said they were neither aware of it nor involved in its planning.
Burning Man is a nine-day festival that usually brings in crowds of 80,000 for eclectic costumes, art installations and musical performances. It was scheduled to begin August 30 this year, but organizers canceled the event in April due to the coronavirus.
But people gathered on Saturday anyway in San Francisco, and video from Craig Fowler showed a large group dancing in front of a stage with a DJ and another showed fire dancers on the beach.
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