All perforformances at the Met are canceled through March 31.

Carnegie Hall has also canceled all performances through the end of the month.

New York Philharmonic has suspended performances through March 31.

“Broadway will shut down four to six weeks beginning tonight, due to the coronavirus outbreak,” according to the New York Post.

The decision to shut down the Met was apparently quite sudden, according to this message from Peter Gelb:

Dear Members of the Company,

In response to the public health emergency and in consultation with the office of the Mayor, effective immediately, all Met performances and rehearsals will be canceled through March 31. We are announcing this closure at the same time as other cultural institutions, including the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.

With health authorities urging social distancing with greater emphasis, it is simply untenable for us to continue to perform, as it puts our artists, staff, and audiences at risk.

The situation has been evolving rapidly and I thank you for understanding that we have had to move quickly and make this announcement without warning to our artists and staff. I am sure you will have many questions which we will do our best to answer over the course of the day.

I would like to express my deep personal regret that the situation has led us to this point and to thank all the members of the Met company for your extraordinary strength, patience, and resilience during this unprecedented and uncertain time.


Peter Gelb