KEY POINTS

  • The 2020 Met Gala has been postponed "indefinitely" due to the pandemic
  • The decision was taken after Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to close its doors for any kind of event
  • Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Lin-Manuel Miranda were supposed to be hosting the event this year

The 2020 Met Gala has become the latest high-class event to bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event where celebrities show their unique sense of style was due to take place on May 4. But now, it seems the organizers have decided to postpone the star-studded event to prevent the threat posed by the deadly virus.

In a letter written by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, it was announced that the event has been postponed until the situation gets better, Page Six first reported. The letter stated that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has decided to “close” its doors because of the pandemic.

She also noted that the museum has taken a wise and “responsible” decision in closing its doors to the public.

Meanwhile, Vogue reported that the museum set an email to all the staffers, stating that the museum will be closed until further notice. The decision comes after it was announced that a gathering of more than 50 people would not be allowed for the next six or eight weeks. So, all the events till May 15 have been either postponed or canceled.

Hollywood A-listers like Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Lin-Manuel Miranda were all set to host the ceremony this year. The 70-year-old actress was all set to attend her first-ever Met Gala this year.  The theme for this year’s event has also been revealed and it is “About Time: Fashion and Duration.”

According to The New York Times, the  theme  was inspired by the amazing novels of the iconic writer Virginia Woolf and the extraordinary theories of the French philosopher Henri Bergson.

The U.S. is seeing a rising number of cases of the deadly disease. A total of 4,300 people have tested positive while 80 people have died in the country as of late. More than 12 states have declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. For the first time since World War II, the Kentucky Derby will not take place in May and is being pushed back to September. On the other hand, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has decided to hold their annual mega-event “Wrestlemania” in an empty stadium.

Places like New York City, Washington, California, Oregon, Florida, and New Jersey have all  declared states of emergency. The virus has since spread to six continents and more than 100 countries.

Met Gala 2017 Chrissy Teigen, Georgina Chapman and Rita Ora at the "Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between" themed Met Gala in New York City on May 1, 2017. Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly