Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo launched an investigation into The Chainsmokers’ recent concert at The Hamptons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The performance, which was part of the Safe & Sound series, took place on Saturday, July 25 at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York. It was promoted online as a ‘drive-in music experience’ that would ‘set the bar for all future events’. All proceeds went to three non-profit organizations: Southampton Fresh Air Home, No Kid Hungry and Children’s Medical Fund of New York.
However, several concertgoers shared social media videos of people dancing and singing outside their cars, seemingly ignoring public health precautions.
The show caught the attention of Cuomo, 62, who tweeted on Monday, July 27: “Videos from a concert held in Southhampton on Saturday show gross social aloof violations. I am appalled. ‘
He added, “The Department of Health will conduct an investigation. We do not tolerate an illegal and reckless threat to public health. ‘
Videos from a concert held on Saturday in Southampton show blatant social distance violations. I am appalled.
The Ministry of Health will conduct an investigation.
We do not tolerate an illegal and reckless threat to public health.pic.twitter.com/gf9kggdo8w
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 28, 2020
BuzzFeed News reported that about 2,000 people attended the performance. Ticket packages ranged from $ 850 to VIP options for $ 25,000.
The event organizers said that cars had designated parking spaces in front of the stage, which told visitors not to leave unless they had to use the bathroom. In addition, concert goers’ temperatures were checked on arrival, hand sanitizer and protective face masks were made readily available, and guards were on hand to monitor the crowd.
New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker also criticized the concert, for the state banned all nonessential gatherings of more than 50 people during the new coronavirus crisis.
“I don’t know how the city of Southampton could have licensed such an event, how they thought it was legal and not an obvious threat to public health,” Zucker wrote in a letter to the city administrator, Jay Schneiderman, on Mondays, per BuzzFeed News.
The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Drew Taggart should not yet disclose the recoil.
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