In the last few weeks, especially the last three days, we have all been feeling and seeing the effects in some way of the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to the United States, as well as its sudden local outbreak in New Mexico. Following the enactment of Public Health Order 2020-004 by the New Mexico Department of Health on March 11th, NMSPF90 LLC has determined that our dedication to Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort requires that we postpone SunBurn 2020.
Just as we did in 2018 with our decision to move SunBurn from the Jemez location during a fire ban, we again have had to make a difficult decision for the protection of our community at large, both within our Burning Man circle as well as outside of it. At this time, the spread of COVID-19 is in active transmission phase, and we have no hard data as to when it will be socially responsible to gather again in large numbers. Whilst July is admittedly still quite a ways off, well past the current order’s expiration on April 9, it is not sensible for us to continue some event production processes such as opening art grants, putting tickets on sale that eventually might have to be refunded, signing contracts that would have to be reversed. A silver lining is that we have a little more time for more detailed planning for the event.
It is our intent to keep the community informed as we reach towards setting a reliable date appropriate to staging the event. At this moment, we are eyeing a weekend in early October; of course, this may be affected further by additional developments. We will be following the developments closely and will inform everyone at the earliest possible opportunity when we can move forward with our planning as well as the trigger dates when we will make a go/no go decisions.
In the meantime, we *have* chosen a theme – ILLUMINATE! Implying the action of awakening or conscious knowledge, it is representative of our Burn culture of burning art. In consideration of where we are as an event and regional group,we bring the word to mind in the beholder; this is also a magical ceremony to help us find our path, to strengthen bonds with our community brothers and sisters who will be in volunteer & successor roles in the future, to help us use our wealth of knowledge and experience to properly guide our community through the coming rapid growth years. And most of all, to light the way out of these strange, dark times in which we suddenly find ourselves.
“Create what sets your heart on fire and it will illuminate the path ahead” – Karma Voce
Keeping our community safe and informed is a top priority, so we are sharing recommendations on helping prevent the spread of infection below. In moments like these, we are reminded of so many previous challenges that the New Mexico Regional has faced in its history and the amazing response of the community in building and growing our event. We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks for your support across the years. We are excited for the next point at which we can all gather and celebrate as a community, and we truly hope that all of you and your loved ones escape the effects of this pandemic.
Remember to check in on each other. And wash your hands. We are all in this together.
In dust we trust,
Sweeney, Napkin Math, Francesca, Luca, & Squirt
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
WHO advice for personal protection
Why You Must Act Now
Comprehensive statistical analysis of why social distancing is our best defense against this pandemic.
Social Media campaign to promote social distancing