Summer Festivals Weigh Vaccine Requirements, And Find Out It’s Complicated

summer festivals weigh vaccine requirements and find out its complicated

Burning Man is one of many festivals mulling a vaccine requirement. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)


Organizers of the Burning Man festival are considering whether to require attendees to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, reports the Associated Press. The artsy, anti-establishment event in the Nevada desert is currently scheduled for August.

But critics say a vaccine mandate goes against the first of 10 principles on which Burning Man was founded. “Radical inclusion,” as explained on the Burning Man website means: “Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.”

So, after initially announcing a vaccination requirement at the 2021 event, festival CEO Marian Goodell issued a second announcement acknowledging the criticism while still stressing the importance of prioritizing public safety. “We know that challenges the concepts of radical inclusion,” said Goodell, “but at this point we kind of look at the 10 principles as a body of work and civic responsibility weighs in there heavily.” A decision will be made at the end of the month…

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