The New York Metropolitan Opera is canceling its entire season.
The Met had initially called off the Fall 2020 season but had been planning a restart at the end of the year.
Officials with the performing arts organization now say it would be too difficult to maintain social distancing during a performance with all the cast and crew it takes to produce an opera performance.
The Met expects to get back to work in September 2021.
FILE – This March 12, 2020 file photo shows a few people at Josie Robertson Plaza in front of The Metropolitan Opera house, background center, at Lincoln Center in New York. The Metropolitan Opera is canceling the rest of its season and stopping pay of the orchestra, chorus and other unionized employees at the end of March due to the new coronavirus. Met general manager Peter Gelb said he is giving up his $1.45 million salary until normal operations resume and higher-paid members of his administrative staff are having their pay reduced, by 10-50% for everyone earning more than $125,000. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)