Prepping for the Playa in the Age of COVID-19

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority. As we enter the new year, the world is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge that there are still many unknowns about planning, living and working in Black Rock City, but we are monitoring developments that give us hope for a safe return to our event in the Black Rock Desert in 2022. 

We are developing a plan (with help and guidance from our COVID-19 Task Force) to protect public safety as we continue to live with COVID-19. It’s too soon to determine if participation in BRC will require proof of vaccination, but you will know more as soon as we do. 

As fellow global citizens and supporters of Burning Man culture, we hope you and yours stay safe with respect to COVID-19. If you are preparing to return to Black Rock City, we encourage you to implement a COVID-19 safety plan in each and every step in your journey to bring your art, mutant vehicle, theme camp or other offering to and from the playa. In the meantime, as we continue to navigate the global pandemic and participants prepare their art, camps, mutant vehicles and selves, please do what you need to do to safely engage with your community.

For further reading, numerous resources are available to support you, your crew, and your community:

  • Many Americans use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to glean information about COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The World Health Organization’s website is another good resource, particularly if you live outside of the US.
  • We are watching travel restrictions and advisories carefully. Here is where they currently are for the United States. For our international friends, we suggest you check your government requirements for COVID-safe gatherings and travel. We want to lean in towards what we all can do to make it easier to connect across borders as soon as possible.
  • Read Burning Man Project stories during COVID, including work that regional groups, artists, and volunteers from various BRC departments have done this past year.

Please stay safe, everyone. We look forward to collaborating in whatever ways we can to keep the Burn alive.

You can also subscribe to the Jackrabbit Speaks and the Burning Man Journal to stay up to date on the latest Black Rock City 2022 information including COVID-19 updates.