The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual Met Gala would be postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus.
A spokesperson for the museum told Deadline that all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed,” including the yearly gala.
The star-studded event typically features attendees dressing to the nines in outlandish or otherwise unique costumes matching the year’s theme, which last year was “Camp.”
New York officials have urged businesses and residents to avoid public gatherings amid efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has seen nearly 1,000 confirmed cases in the state. Six people have died in New York from the disease.
Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden commits to female VP; CDC says no events of 50+ people for 8 weeksNYC to put new restrictions on bars and restaurants, close most entertainment venuesNew restrictions, closures sweep US as crisis deepensMORE (D) announced this week that schools in the city would close temporarily while restaurants and bars have moved to carry-out and delivery service only.
Globally, the coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 179,000 people, killing thousands. The World Health Organization last week declared the virus a pandemic, urging top health officials to collaborate on stopping its spread.