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Anna Wintour says the Met Gala has been postponed due to coronavirus

Rasha Ali, USA TODAY

The Met Gala has been postponed in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the nation.

In an article posted to Vogue on Monday, Anna Wintour writes that this year's highly anticipated Met Gala has been pushed back.

"One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time. 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," Wintour writes. "In the meantime, we will give you a preview of this extraordinary exhibition in our forthcoming May issue."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the Met Gala is held annually, announced Thursday it would be temporarily closing its doors at its three locations – the Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters – starting Friday.

The Met said in a statement it "will undertake a thorough cleaning and plans to announce next steps early next week."

"The Museum will remain closed through Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the 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,” said Nancy Chilton, a museum spokesperson, in an emailed statement to USA TODAY.

Fashion's biggest night was initially scheduled to take place May 4, but as of now, no new date has been announced. The annual event is a black-tie fundraiser for the museum's Costume Institute and also celebrates the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit.

The Costume Institute is housed in the museum's Anna Wintour Costume Center, named after the Vogue editor-in-chief. Wintour has served as the Met Gala co-chair nearly every year since 1995, and famously hand-picks the guest list. This year's theme was "About Time: Fashion and Duration."

The Met Gala isn't the first high-profile event to be canceled or postponed due to constantly evolving Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

According to the CDC's latest guidelines, gatherings of 50 or more people should not take place in the U.S. for the next eight weeks. The recommendation does not apply to businesses or schools.

The Academy of Country Music Awards also pushed back the 55th annual show that was scheduled for April 5 in Las Vegas. Organizers announced Sunday the ACM Awards would be moved to September, but haven't announced a specific date.

Musicians, Las Vegas performances, movie productions and theme parks have all halted operations as a result of coronavirus.

Contributing: John Bacon 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus pandemic postpones Met Gala, Anna Wintour says