Met Gala to require proof of vaccines, facemasks: report

Lady Gaga attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
Lady Gaga attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo credit Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Vaccinations are the new black.

The Met Gala will require its attendees to be fully vaccinated and wear facemasks indoors at all times – except for when guests are eating or drinking, a spokesperson for the fundraiser told The Daily Beast.

The high-fashion soiree is scheduled for Sept. 13 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The pandemic had postponed “the star-studded ball, which is usually slated for the first Monday in May.

Actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka are expected to serve as the co-chairs of this year's gala, billed as a more intimate affair than past celebrations.

The gala is the latest major event to embrace vaccine requirements as the delta variant as led to a spike in coronavirus cases both in New York and abroad. The news comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New Yorkers will now need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter indoor businesses including bars, movie theaters, and gyms.