Jenny Kane, Reno Gazette Journal Published 9:59 p.m. ET April 10, 2020 CLOSE Tens of thousands watch as Burning Man’s effigy burns to the ground. For the first time ever, Burning Man is canceled. Organizers announced Friday evening that the arts festival scheduled to start Aug. 30 in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert would not take place due to global efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The event draws about 80,000 people to Nevada each year, many of them from other states and countries. Burning Man is a major economic driver for the Silver State, pulling in $60 million each year, according to Burning Man’s own economic analysis.”After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020. Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do. Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too,” a statement on the Burning Man Journal says. While the event’s main ticket sale was scheduled earlier this month, the San Francisco-based nonprofit initially postponed the sale to buy further time to evaluate whether the event should be canceled. Most

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