ReUnite Festival Sparks Swift Backlash After Illicit Desert Gathering Defies COVID-19 Regulations
Over the weekend, an event called ReUnite Festival took place in Mojave, California that has drawn swift backlash and condemnation from the dance music community. Despite a ban on mass gatherings in the state, organizers reportedly shirked COVID-19 regulations while patrons failed to socially distance or wear masks at the event.
Since ReUnite was planned and executed in a clandestine manner, certain aspects of the event and what took place remain hazily speculative, but firsthand accounts coming to light suggest the gathering had far-reaching consequences.
As for how the fest was able to take place to begin with, multiple attendees have posited the event was ultimately allowed to operate after the gathering was characterized by organizers as a protest. According to reports, the gathering was meant to be a crude replacement for the cancelled Burning Man festival this year, but the two organizations are not affiliated whatsoever.