It's official: Vogue has announced that this year's Met Gala will be postponed. Fashion's most anticipated event of the year will be canceled in light of the continuous spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exclusive, star-studded gathering was slated for May 4, 2020.
"Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled," wrote Anna Wintour in a statement in American Vogue.
A spokesperson of the museum shared with CNN that "the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advised over the weekend that there should not be any gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. In deference to this guidance, all programs and events through May 15 will be canceled or postponed."
The decision also follows an announcement made by the Metropolitan Museum on Friday, March 13, that the museum will be shutting its doors until April 4. Aside from that, it was also declared that all events from the time of the announcement to April 3 would be canceled, and events after April 3 would have to be reconsidered.
"Given the uncertain public health environment, we will review on a rolling basis which museum events beyond April 3 will be canceled or postponed. We are hoping for the best, but public health and safety are our first priorities," says Nancy Chilton chief external relations officer of the Costume Institute.
Two days prior to that announcement, Chilton reassured the press that the Met Gala would still push through as planned, but a lot has unraveled these past few days.
This is the third time in history that the event, famously known for taking place on the first Monday in May, which even garnered its own documentary, has been postponed in light of more pressing matters. According to CNN, the first time it occurred was in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and in 2002, after 9/11.
This year's supposed Met Gala theme was About Time, in honor of the Louis Vuitton-sponsored exhibition, which was a "reimagining of fashion history," says Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.
New York's COVID-19 cases have recently climbed to 950.
According to The New York Times, the mayor has also ordered bars and restaurants to be limited to delivery services. Establishments are also ordered to shut down by 8 p.m. Famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty have also closed doors.