Burning Man is considering all attendees to have a COVID-10 vaccination, but is taking into account the massive backlash they have received from long-time Burners.
“We are super aware [of concerns] and thank you for your feedback, and we are weighing the gravity of what that does,” Goodell said in a public statement on April 17th.
“And we know that [mandatory vaccination] challenges the concepts of radical inclusion, but at this point we kind of look at the ten principals [sic] as kind of a body or work, and civic responsibility weighs in there heavily.”
Goodell said organizers have not reached a decision on whether to require or provide testing at the event. They hope to reach a decision by latest 30 April 2021.
“At this point, the government agencies involved in collaborating with us have been really super supportive and super helpful. They are not putting up any roadblocks. We are all looking at the resources to have to make it happen and get this done,” Goodell said.
The 2021 edition of Burning Man has still not even been confirmed by Goodell as organizers navigate through the various red tape caused by the pandemic.
If the event goes ahead, it will be reduced from 80,000 to 69,000 attendees.
A recent Burning Man Journal entry mentioned over 21,000 people have donated in order to “to help keep the lights on and the fire burning.”