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Burning Man Cultural Celebration in San Francisco: Mayor Says Gathering 1,000 People Will Endanger People’s Lives



“That was absolutely reckless and selfish,” tweeted Mayor London Breed on Sunday morning. “They don’t celebrate. They endanger people’s lives. They endanger our progress. Nobody is immune to the spread of the virus.”

The beach gathering was one of many large Labor Day weekend communities that violated the recommendations. Although Burning Man was specially celebrated, the event organizers, who livestreamed the annual tradition of burning a wooden effigy on Saturday, said they were unaware of it or involved in its planning.
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Burning Man is a nine-day festival that typically attracts 80,000 spectators for eclectic costumes, art installations, and musical performances. It was supposed to start on August 30th this year, but organizers canceled the event in April due to the coronavirus.

But people still gathered in San Francisco on Saturday, and Craig Fowler’s video showed a large group dancing with a DJ in front of a stage and another featured fire dancers on the beach.

Fowler said many people were wearing masks but the mayor doesn’t want the event to continue. Breed closed the parking lot on the beach and warned participants not to return for another lap on Sunday evening.

“Don’t do it,” she tweeted. “Law enforcement will be on patrol. We know people love Burning Man and that people want to get together this weekend. But we all have to do our part. Stay home, stay safe.”


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