Chainsmokers Hamptons concert organizers fined for social distancing violations

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2020

Today, he's following it up by fining the promoters $20,000 for knowingly violating the law and encouraging the spread of the virus.

However, after facing backlash following the July 25 concert, the promoters told Billboard in July that they followed guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as conducting temperature checks upon guests' arrival, distributing face masks and cleaning bathrooms at the event every 10 minutes, among taking other safety measures.

On Tuesday, Cuomo tweeted, "Following an investigation into the Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons this summer, the promoters will be fined $20,000 for violating public health law".

Social media videos from the July event in Water Mill show a not-so-distanced crowd dancing and singing in close proximity.

The fine agains the event's promoter, In the Know Experiences, is for holding a nonessential gathering and failing to enforce mask wearing, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Based on a thorough DOH investigation, more than 2,150 concertgoers attended the event, exceeding the maximum number allowable per the permit.

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "We have worked too hard throughout this pandemic to keep infection rates low utilizing proven public health measures, and we must ensure that they stay in place".

Back in July, The Chainsmokers played a charity show in the Hamptons in NY, raising $152,000. New York State has also sanctioned Southampton, meaning the town will not be allowed to approve permits for group gatherings without first earning approval from the state.

The "Safe & Sound" event took place in Southampton at a 100-acre outdoor sculpture park and was billed as a charity drive-in show.

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