Chainsmokers Concert Organizers Fined $20K For Violating Safe Social Distancing Guidelines


The Chainsmokers headlined a $25,000 a auto drive-in event in the Hamptons, New York, that saw the rich concert goers get out of their cars and just start partying together.

However, the show also raised concerns about social distancing after videos of the event showed an unsanctioned "VIP" section at the front of the stage with dozens packed in without masks.

"As I said immediately following reports of this event, it was an egregious violation of the critical public health measures we have had in place since the beginning of this pandemic to protect New Yorkers from COVID-19", Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Wednesday in reference to the promoters fined.

The state began investigating the concert soon after.

More than 2,150 people attended the event, according to an investigation by the Health Department, exceeding the maximum allowable capacity per the special event permit.

The Town of Southampton issued a special event permit for the concert after reviewing the promoter's application, which described multiple measures that would be taken to protect against transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Promoters said in their application that they would take numerous steps to guard against spread of the virus, but didn't follow through, according to Cuomo's office.

"We had police there, but had we known the organizer wasn't going to aggressively enforce mask-wearing and social distancing, we would likely have had four times the number of law enforcement that was actually present", Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman previously told the Press. NY health commissioner Howard Zucker wrote to Southampton town supervisor Jay Schneiderman saying he was "greatly disturbed" about the concert.

Admission for the event ran between $1,250 and $25,000, Billboard reported, with all profits going to local charities including No Kid Hungry, Children's Medical Fund of New York and Southampton Fresh Air Home.



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