Annual Congressional Dinner pushed back to June amid coronavirus concerns
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Another Washington tradition is postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus.

The annual Congressional Dinner held by the Washington Press Club Foundation will be pushed back from later this month to June.

The 76th annual dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington was originally supposed to take place on March 25. But in a message sent Thursday to sponsors, the foundation's board said the lawmaker- and journalist-filled gathering would instead be held on June 17 "out of an abundance of caution with regard to the coronavirus."


"While we regret not moving forward on March 25th, we believe that rescheduling is the best option to ensure the safety and well-being of our attendees," the announcement said.

The Washington Press Club Foundation bills its gala event as a chance for Capitol Hill and the media to celebrate a "lighthearted evening together" in "a departure from partisan politics and the issues of the day."

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — such as last year's speakers, Reps. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP lawmakers call for new sanctions on senior Chinese officials Michigan suspends license of barber who vowed to keep his shop open 'until Jesus comes' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Hurd says China engaged in global disinformation campaign; US unemployment highest since Great Depression MORE (R-Texas) and Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosGOP pulls support from California House candidate over 'unacceptable' social media posts Republican flips House seat in California special election GOP's Don Bacon and challenger neck and neck in Democratic poll MORE (D-Ill.) — typically make headlines for delivering roast-like jabs during the fête.

Several soirees have been nixed or postponed because of the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization categorized as a pandemic earlier this week.

The annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, poised to take place on Saturday, was nixed this week.

The Grammys on the Hill, an annual D.C. celebration hosted by The Recording Academy and featuring big-name musical artists, was pushed from April to "a later date" because of public health concerns, organizers told The Hill on Friday.

The White House Correspondents' Association said earlier this week that its yearly correspondents' dinner was "still a go," but that the group was "monitoring developments."