The 2020 Met Gala has been cancelled due to coronavirus epidemic, the Costume Institute of Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Mon., March 16. The annual event was initially scheduled to take place on May 4 in NYC.
The 2020 Met Ball has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak throughout the globe. The news was discovered when Met staffers received an internal email on Monday afternoon, which noted that the museum “will remain closed through Saturday, April 4,” according to Vogue. The decision comes on the heels of new guidelines put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an effort to combat coronavirus.
It was advised over the weekend that there should not be any gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. Therefore, the museum decided that “in deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed,” including the gala.
As of Monday, March 16, Governor of New York Michael Cuomo advised all bars, restaurants, daycares, schools, and other “nonessential” businesses to close — excluding hospitals, grocery stores and pharmacies. A curfew from 8pm- 5am has been put in place for all New York residents.
It is unknown if the event will be rescheduled for another date or just cancelled completely. This story is still developing.