Chainsmokers’ Concert Under Investigation for Violating Social Distancing Measures
Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, has launched an investigation on the “egregious social distancing violations” at The Chainsmokers’ drive-in concert in the Hamptons.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people are coming up with creative ways to get back to their social lives while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. The Chainsmokers’ were set to perform a drive-in concert at the Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York. The concert was promoted online as a “socially-distanced outdoor event.”
Upon arrival, concertgoers were provided face masks and would first have to get their temperature taken. Each car was set to be in their own parking area where four to six people could enjoy the music together. According to BuzzFeed News, there were approximately 2,000 fans in attendance.
After the event, several videos were shared to social media exposing the reality of the socially distanced event. Chainsmokers’ fans completely ignored social distancing guidelines as they danced and sang outside of their cars, having no regard for the pandemic.
Regarding the videos, Governor Cuomo took to Twitter saying, “I am appalled.”
Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations. I am appalled.
The Department of Health will conduct an investigation.
We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health.pic.twitter.com/gf9kggdo8w
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 28, 2020
He then announced that the Department of Health would be conducting an investigation on the night. “We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health,” he said.
Howard Zucker, New York Health Commissioner, was another to criticize the concert as gatherings of 50 people or more are still banned in the state.
y’all risked corona………for the ….. chainsmokers……. https://t.co/pxGdFz5Edp
— edm peppa pig (@chisanashi) July 27, 2020
“I am at a loss as to how the Town of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious public health threat,” Zucker wrote to Jay Schneiderman, the town of South Hampton’s supervisor, per BuzzFeed News.
The Chainsmokers have yet to respond.